JUST one game playing alongside Stanley Pringle but Justine Brownlee already felt good things are in store for Barangay Ginebra in its bid to retain the PBA Commissioner's Cup championship.
"He's not only a scorer but he's a playmaker. On both ends, I saw him get a couple of steals. And he's good at helping off the ball, even on the ball. He's a good defender, and you know everybody knows what he can do on offense," the Ginebra import said of last year's scoring champion.
Despite not yet fully acquainted with the Kings' system, Pringle still showed he can immensely contribute to the team's cause after scoring 16 points in a 100-85 rout of NLEX in his first game since being acquired in a trade by the league's most popular ballclub.
The 32-year-old Fil-Am also grabbed eight rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes of play, numbers which Brownlee expect to get better in the next coming games.
"I think he fits great. Of course, he's going to struggle a little bit learning the triangle and stuff like that. But he fits well. He's got a good rhythm of the team and it's going to be great moving forward," said Brownlee.
Despite of his reputation as a good one-on-one player, Brownlee sees Pringle also as an excellent point guard, not only in terms of offense but defense as well.
Brownlee also came up with big numbers of 37 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists in the Kings' second straight win that improved their mark at 4-3.
But the import said Pringle had a lot to do with it.
"He can make the game easier for everybody, not just me or any individual person, him being able to do what he can do to make things easier for us," said last year's Best Import awardee.
Coach Tim Cone could only agree more with Brownlee.
"The thing that Stanley does is he makes everybody around him much better, just because he's a big threat. We have a lot of confidence when we're playing with him," said the champion mentor.
"We're still going to explore a lot of things to do with him. Justine and Stanley started really playing well together and it's something we envisioned. We hope to see more of it."(RG)