Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Despite finishing out of the podium, Batang Gilas flies home with history “I was in a panic. I had to call around, I was able to get a hold of (agent) Sheryl (Reyes) and she was in the NBA Summer League in Vegas at the time,” coach Tim Cone said. “She gave me a list of names and at the end of the list of names was Justin Brownlee.”Cone had seen Brownlee play before and knew his game fits the PBA like a glove.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“He was the guy that I’ve always wanted because I had scouted him in previous Summer Leagues and in the D-League and I’ve always thought he’s going to be perfect for this league,” he said.“She said he (Brownlee) could make it and he’d get on the plane next day and he got on the plane next day and lo and behold.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cone had faith in Brownlee even before the forward could put on the kind of scoring display that he is now known for.“I remember he missed his first eight. He was 0-for-8 in that first game. I remember that distinctly because when I was telling everybody about Justin, I was telling them, ‘He’s a lights out shooter.’ I kept telling everybody that,” said Cone, who won his third title since transferring to Ginebra—all with Brownlee as his import.“But as the conference progressed, we knew we had something special and mostly it’s not just special on the floor,” he added. “What makes an import truly special is the combination of what he is on and off the floor.”The PBA has a long list of great imports who have come and gone but there are only a few who left a lasting legacy.Cone believes Brownlee, widely-regarded as one of the best imports in Ginebra history, belongs in that elite company.ADVERTISEMENT “The guys that can do both are really the special ones. I said that about Norman Black, Bobby Parks, Sean Chambers absolutely and I think Justin Brownlee is another one,” he said.“He’s just great on both sides and it’s hard to find that. It’s really harder than you think to find greatness on and off the court.”Looking back, Brownlee still can’t wrap his head around the kind of journey he’s had considering how it started.“You mean back in 2016? Yeah, I didn’t expect, I definitely didn’t expect this. I was just hoping I could come and help out the team, you know with Paul, he was injured,” the 30-year-old Brownlee, who was named Best Import in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup, said.“I think he had a timetable, a few weeks to a month or whatever it was. I was just coming in to just do whatever I can to help the team win, and I was gonna be the replacement.”Not too long ago, Brownlee was in the Summer League hoping to crack a roster spot.“He wasn’t playing in the Summer League. He was walking around in Las Vegas at that time hoping to make a Summer League team and he didn’t make it,” Cone said.He found a home instead. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Justin Brownlee celebrates after making a basket. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTwo years ago, Justin Brownlee was brought in by Barangay Ginebra originally as a temporary replacement for first-choice import Paul Harris.The Gin Kings needed Brownlee to fill in after Harris suffered a gruesome hand injury just before the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup began.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Gone were the pictures of Johny with some of his biggest supporters, like former President Ronald Reagan and former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley. The autographed photos were packed away with the plaques and other mementos of everything he had accomplished in his life. When Mike and Katherine Carpenter moved into the house across the street in 2002, the Heaven on Earth ranch had become the nonsectarian All Nations Church. Mike was not related to Johny; didn’t even know who he was until his wife, a horse trainer, told him about the old cowboy who used to run the ranch for disabled and disadvantaged kids across the street. She had bought and restored Johny’s last buggy before he got evicted from the place back in 1993, and, like many people, she tried to help Johny get back on his feet – maybe even find another Heaven on Earth. He never did, not like the old one. One of the last public appearances Johny made was in 1996 when, despite ill health, he put on his black cowboy hat, blue jeans, and cowboy boots to accept the Citizen of the Year award from the East Valley Coordinating Council. Then, he just faded away. Johny Carpenter always had a soft spot for a hard-luck story – even after he became one himself. The Western-movie stuntman never got a chance to die the way he wanted – with his boots on at the Lake View Terrace horse ranch and Western town he ran for more than 50 years for needy and physically disabled children. Instead, he died two years ago in a Burbank nursing home at 93, his legacy all but forgotten as a real-life cowboy who brought a little heaven down to earth for thousands of children in the San Fernando Valley – except by a handful of people who remembered him. The Heaven on Earth ranch that Johny ran on a shoestring was long gone by then. No longer were buses filled with disadvantaged and disabled children pulling up to the gates on Foothill Boulevard to give the kids their first chance to sit on a horse or take a ride in a real Western buggy. All for free. “The more I learned about Johny, the more fascinated I became with his life,” says Mike, a public affairs consultant who began doing some work for the Korean church across the street. “I was amazed at how many people didn’t know what was there before, that it had been a Wild West town for kids with disabilities run by this incredible man.” But Mike told Jin So Yoo, senior pastor at the church. “Bring it back,” Yoo told him. And that’s exactly what Mike, some friends, and a lot of old-time movie and TV character-actor cowboys are trying to do. In November 2003, the Korean church revived one of Johny’s favorite events for the kids, a Thanksgiving dinner. The church invited the entire neighborhood and every kid it could find who remembered Johny. They listened to Randy Horton, now 41, describe how it felt to be an 8-year-old boy with cerebral palsy coming to Heaven on Earth and being greeted at the gates by Johny. Randy was not supposed to be able to walk on his own, let alone ride a horse, but Johny wouldn’t let him quit. The old cowboy spent countless hours working on the kid’s balance, teaching him to stay in that saddle and ride. “He made me realize I could do anything I put my mind to,” Randy says today. “There were times my mother and I walked five miles together to get there. “If kids couldn’t get out of their wheelchairs, Johny would reach down with his strong arms and lift them into the covered wagon still in their chairs. “My wife, Kimberly, and I got married at his ranch in 1987,” Randy says. “I loved that man.” On Oct. 21, the Reel Cowboys – a group of old movie and TV Western character actors – will hold their annual Silver Spur Awards at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City. This year’s honorees are James Garner, Stella Stevens, Rhonda Fleming, Jack Palance, stuntman Roydon Clark, and a posthumous award to Audie Murphy. All big names who brought the Old West alive on movie and TV screens for generations. But, to me, the biggest star of the night will be Johny Carpenter. Proceeds from the event will be split between the Hollywood Stuntman’s Hall of Fame being built in Beatty, Nev., and the Johny Carpenter Horse Arena being planned by the New Heaven on Earth Ranch Foundation in Lake View Terrace. “We can’t duplicate what Johny did for thousands of kids. Nobody can,” Mike says. “But we can sure try to keep his legacy alive.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 [email protected] For information and advance reservations for the Reel Cowboys’ Silver Spur Awards, call (800) 510-5921. For information on the New Heaven on Earth Ranch Foundation, call Mike Carpenter at (818) 470-5235. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!