Sean Chambers, the resident import of Alaska during the team’s glory years from 1989 to 2001, is back in the country to reunite with former teammates and to catch-up on some PBA action as well.
The 54-year old American, who won six titles with the Aces including two during the team’s 1996 Grand Slam, was at courtside to watch his former team in action against the Meralco Bolts and also for the main event featuring Brgy. Ginebra and Grand Slam-chasing San Miguel.
The Aces, however, were given the boot by the 2nd-seeded Bolts, much to the dismay of the one-time Mr. 100% awardee.
The game between the Gin Kings and the Beermen turned out to be a showcase for the import who, according to Tim Cone, reminds him so much of the hard-working Alaska reinforcement. And he’s none other than Brgy. Ginebra’s very own Justin Brownlee.
“In twenty-seven years, he’s really the only import that’s come closest to Sean Chambers that I have coached,” said Cone on Brownlee during an interview three years ago.
Chambers, for his part, had nothing but praises for the resident Brgy. Ginebra import after seeing him up close and personal.
“Got the opportunity to watch Justin Brownlee play live tonight. This kid is a super special player and plays the game the right way. He is in the same class as Bobby Parks and Norman Black,” said Chambers through a post on his Facebook account.
Brownlee registered 41 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 blocks in Gin Kings’ 100-97 victory which slammed the door on the Beermen’s triple-crown drive.
“Don’t get me wrong, I will always be the rival of Ginebra, but I want to give respect where respect is due. Justin is a phenomenal player. Congratulations,” he added.