Justin Brownlee, the much-loved American import of Barangay Ginebra in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), has sufficiently dazzled a Senate panel by answering questions in the affirmative with an “opo” – just as he’s done to pro league fans every night at the Gin Kings since 2016 – That you are one step closer to becoming a Philippine citizen.
Appearing before the Senate justice committee on Monday, just hours after another pound show for Ginebra at the Commissioners’ Cup, Brownlee donned a traditional “barong” tagalog, praising President Senator Francis Tolentino for his enthusiasm and enthusiasm to represent the Philippines. international competitions.
That could come in February of next year when Gilas Pilipinas plays in the sixth window of the Fiba (International Basketball Federation) World Cup Asian Qualifiers;
“We’ve seen Brownlee’s stance over the last six years. “His character, skills and demeanor are worthy of emulation by young Filipinos,” said Tolentino.
Brownlee expressed his gratitude to the senators while reiterating his enthusiasm to play for Gilas as a naturalized Filipino.
“[Playing for the Philippines] It means a lot as soon as I got here in 2016, I got a lot of love and admiration from the fans,” Brownlee told the senators.
“I can’t believe it. It’s so hard. Just wearing [Philippine] The flag allows me to give back to the people,” he said.
Brownlee Senate majority leader Joel Villanueva, who introduced one of the Senate bills granting Filipino citizenship, praised the American for his tenacity in improving his game, a quality that has endeared him to fans of the most popular team in the PBA.
“I can see your determination and passion to truly prove yourself… It might have been easy for you to give up and return to the US, but you stayed,” Villanueva said of Brownlee.
Villanueva said the Senate would immediately initiate general talks on consolidated measures to allow Brownlee to join Gilas in the next qualifying round.
Meanwhile, Senator Ronald dela Rosa asked Brownlee to join her anti-drug advocacy, stating that young Filipinos see athletic personalities as role models.
Brownlee has been attending Gilas training sessions since September, and national coach Chot Reyes has been praising the player he has handled for the first time and has given him so many nightmares over the years, Reyes’s Sunday night counts as another. The TNT team saluted Ginebra 89-85.
“I haven’t seen a dedicated actor,” Reyes told The Inquirer in an earlier interview, just as Brownlee’s naturalization process began and why she was chosen.
“There is no obstacle that[Gilas]will be his own team,” Reyes continued. “She doesn’t care about being a backup [naturalized player behind Jordan Clarkson].
“And that, for me, is the biggest thing about it.”
Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas announced that Gilas will be flagged by Clarkson when the country hosts the main event in August next year as all leagues around the world must conclude for the global showcase.
Clarkson plays for the amazing Utah in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and becomes the biggest star after Donovan Mitchell is traded.
“Justin knows that,” Reyes said, referring to Clarkson’s replacement for Brownlee when the NBA ended. “But he doesn’t care. He still trains every time and gives his best.” information
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