After taking a backseat to an NBA standout within the Fiba (Worldwide Basketball Federation) World Cup, Justin Brownlee is raring to be on the forefront of Gilas Pilipinas as soon as once more.
“I’m simply excited to be on this place—to have the ability to characterize the nation once more, on the worldwide stage,” the indefatigable and beloved Barangay Ginebra standout informed the Inquirer throughout one of many nationwide crew’s latest practices at PhilSports Enviornment in Pasig Metropolis.
“The Asian Video games is developing, so I’m readying to placed on that jersey and characterize the nation one of the best ways I can: On the basketball court docket, and on the market in China,” he added.
Brownlee, an American who was granted Filipino citizenship earlier this 12 months, is about to steer a squad plagued by Philippine Basketball Affiliation stars within the nineteenth Asian Video games that will get getting into Hangzhou, China, subsequent week.
Prepared when wanted
The Philippines will probably be opening its bid towards Bahrain on Sept. 26, and Brownlee just isn’t permitting something to get in the best way of a convincing Gilas return.
“I’m nonetheless within the technique of getting again to 100% from that,” he mentioned of the left foot process to clear his ankle of bone spurs.
“It was a month in the past, and it takes time to get again, proper? However by means of all that, I’m simply able to characterize the nation—and if not 100, then near it, by the point the Asian Video games come,” he added.
Brownlee could have a week-long window to expedite that course of, which started on Saturday—when the nationwide crew returned to the Encourage Sports activities Academy in Calamba the place it is going to be working towards nonstop till Sept. 21 as this system appears to be like to bounce again from a failed bid within the latest World Cup.
Cone, who is asking the photographs for Gilas as soon as once more on an interim foundation, mentioned that the brief camp in Laguna will deal with the basics—a step he feels supplies extra worth than taking part in friendlies.
“To me, the practices are extra vital than the friendlies as a result of we be taught extra by means of practices than the video games,” he mentioned. “We’re going to be foundational. We’re going to be basic and get to no matter degree we are able to get to by doing it the proper approach.”
Make no mistake, Cone additionally sees the significance of taking part in tuneup matches. Barring any adjustments, Gilas is in reality taking part in the Meralco Bolts someday throughout its brief keep at Encourage. The Nationals are additionally scheduled to host Changwon LG Sakers in a free-to-see contest at PhilSports on Sept. 22, simply earlier than they go away for China.
Regardless of the shrinking window for preparations, Cone—identical to his previous hand Brownlee—is taking issues simple.
“We’re attempting to determine issues out. We’re attempting to determine one another out. We’re attempting to determine our system out. That’s only a each day, ongoing factor that we’re doing on daily basis,” he mentioned.
“We simply really feel that if we keep centered there, keep centered on our course of, then the thought of successful the gold is gonna maintain itself.”
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