With three straight wins and counting, Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone admitted switching back to import Paul Harris is farthest from his mind.
Cone said things are going well for the team with Justin Brownlee, who has proven to be an all-around player as evidenced by his ability to score, pass, rebound and defend.
“That’s a decision (import change) that we don’t have to make for now. Justin’s playing well,” Cone told media men, moments after steering Ginebra to a 109-97 demolition of Blackwater Wednesday night.
Brownlee’s numbers speak for themselves.
Against the Elite, the former St. John’s standout churned out 27 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists as he flirted with a triple-double.
Ginebra has gone 3-1 since the 28-year-old NBA D-League veteran came in over 3 weeks ago to replace Harris, who fractured his right thumb in the team’s opening game against GlobalPort.
The Kings are 4-1 overall after the win against the Elite.
Cone said Harris doesn’t need any introduction, having won a Best Import award while leading Talk ‘N Text (now TNT) to the 2011 Commissioner’s Cup during his initial PBA stint.
“Paul, for the month that we had him, is just everything we wanted from an import. Just the effort and leadership and he’s a great import,” shared the American coach.
“He’s won Best Import award so obviously, he’s a great import.”
The all-time PBA winning coach said having both talented and hardworking imports is a good problem for Ginebra, which is out to end its 8-year PBA title drought in the Governors Cup.
“We’re blessed with 2 really good ones (imports), but right now, it’s Justin’s spot and it’s gonna continue to be that way until Paul comes back and gets healthy,” he said.
“And that time (once Harris is healthy), we’ll make decisions. But you can’t complain about success because we’ve been successful,” he added. – Richard Dy
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