These two players have carried the flag of the Philippines back in ASEAN Basketball League especially in the championship round. Now, both Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman will be wearing different uniforms and will be battling each other for another basketball glory.
Brownlee will be gunning for its third ring in the PBA, he already got two from Governors’ Cup while Balkman will be assisting the San Miguel Beermen defend their Commissioner’s Cup crown.
“I guess it’s a little weird from being teammates a couple months ago, he’s on the other side now,” said Brownlee.
As professional basketball players, the two talented imports are willing to put aside their brotherhood in order to grab the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup trophy.
“We’ll always be brothers,” said the Beermen’s former New York Knicks reinforcement.
“He’s my brother for life but right now, he’s an opponent,” said Brownlee.
SMB’s Puerto Rican import is one of the leading candidates for winning the Best Import plum after logging 28.1 points, 12.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.2 blocks, and 1.7 steals each ball-game.
Back in 2013, Balkman was involved in a choking incident and resulted to his lifetime ban in the PBA. However, this conference, the PBA office has given Balkman a second chance to play in league. Winning a championship this second conference will also complete Renaldo’s road to redemption.
Brownlee got recalled by Ginebra after struggling finding ways to win in the early phases of the tournament. After he rejoined Ginebra, they’re on a roll and made several winning streaks.
Brownlee contribution in his team is very valuable as he logged 28.1 points, 12.5 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 2.1 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game.
Balkman and the entire players as well as its coaching staff are expecting an exciting best-of-seven championship series.
“It’s gonna be a fight to the end. We’re both trying to compete to win a championship,” said Balkman. “We’re gonna give everybody a good show. May the best man win. It’s showtime.”