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Brownlee keeping doors open for Gilas


After a dismal 0-5 record in the 2019 FIba World Cup, changes will definitely come for Gilas Pilipinas. But while there is no news yet of the Gilas’ next moves, if one of their plans will include looking for more options for the team’s naturalized player, one player isn’t hesitating to give it a go: Justin Brownlee

“For sure, if it’s a possibility,” said the Ginebra resident import, who first played in the country back in 2016, and has since become one of the most recognizable figures in the PBA today.

The Philippines lost its first three games against Italy, Serbia, and Angola in the group stage of the World Cup. It then suffered two more defeats in the classification phase versus Tunisia and familiar foe Iran.

Gilas lost by an average margin of 29.4 points, with the biggest a 59-point loss to the Serbians, 67-129.

Despite these figures, Brownlee said he remains proud and supportive of the national team.

“Of course I wanted them to get some wins and maybe advance, but I was just very happy with their effort every game,” said Brownlee.

“They showed their Filipino heart every single game, no matter what the outcome. Those guys were playing hard and I definitely applaud those guys for that,” he furthered.

“I had a great time watching them perform against some of the greatest players in the world.”

The 31-year-old Brownlee has been a candidate for naturalization.

But when asked how would he fare had he been Gilas’ naturalized player in the World Cup, he said: “Man, I don’t know. They played some very tough teams. Man. Serbia, Italy, those were some very tough teams! I just would’ve played my hardest if I had the opportunity, but I really can’t say.