EVERY time Sean Chambers gets to speak to his former coach Tim Cone, the PBA’s most successful tactician would almost always bring up the status of his search for an import of the same caliber as the former Alaska great.
Well, Cone may have found one in Justin Brownlee, and Chambers himself gave his blessing.
The PBA legend said he is always in close contact with Cone, who has since moved to Barangay Ginebra where he recently led the team to back-to-back PBA Governors' Cup titles with import Brownlee leading the charge.
Chambers said Cone was able to say that he has found someone who is at least in the same level as the six-time PBA champion during his Alaska stint. And the 52-year-old retired cager couldn’t help but feel flattered with the comparison.
"He is always wanting to find the next Sean Chambers all the time," said Chambers in an interview on Sunday after the UAAP where he was a spectator.
"And he goes, this is the closest that you can get," he said, referring to Brownlee.
The 6-foot-1 forward may be in town for a short stint as team consultant with the Aces, but he admits he keeps in constant communication with his former Alaska mentor.
"I'm still very close to coach Tim. He still talks to me and he was like, ‘This is maybe the first time that he (Brownlee) reminds me of you, the way he does things,'" said Chambers.
"He is a teammate first, win for my teammates, and it's not about him but he is very unselfish. Kinda have the same work ethic," he added.
The longtime Alaska import said he is also flattered that Cone remains in search of the 'next Sean Chambers' to this day.
"That's a compliment in itself for me," said Chambers.