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Brownlee meant for Ginebra after being declined by multiple teams

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By Mark Patriarca

Justin Brownlee’s PBA career wasn’t smooth sailing, facing multiple rejections by other teams before he became a household name for one of the most storied franchise in the league.

According to Sheryl Reyes, Brownlee’s agent, they tried to offer Justin to other squads in the league. But because of his lackluster resume, they didn’t piqued the interest of those teams and was left hanging without a reply.

Talk and Text, Meralco, Alaska and GlobalPort all passed up on Brownlee, and after Ginebra’s original import Paul Harris was sidelined due to a thumb injury last 2016 PBA Governor’s Cup, the Kings gave him a chance to prove himself.

And the rest was history.

He became a hero for the millions of Ginebra fans, ending the eight-year title drought via a dramatic buzzer-beater at the expense of Meralco, a team that ignored him.

He led Ginebra again to a championship run when they defeated familiar foe Meralco and successfully defended their throne in 2017 Gov’s Cup.

And he doesn’t have any plans to stop making a name for himself in the PBA.

Brownlee will once again be Ginebra’s main driving force in their war against reigning champs San Miguel Beermen this Commissioner’s Cup facing a former Alab Pilipinas teammate Renaldo Balkman.

A two-time champion and a beloved figure in Philippine basketball — not bad for someone who was not considered by some squads.