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Justin Brownlee, Hasheem Thabeet to play for PH-Mighty Sports in Dubai tourney

Photos from PBA Media Bureau and NBA.com

Photos from PBA Media Bureau and NBA.com

Former Ginebra import Justin Brownlee and ex-NBA veteran Hasheem Thabeet are set to join Philippines-Mighty Sports in the Dubai International Basketball Championship in United Arab Emirates next month.

Mighty Sports coach Charles Tiu revealed the news on Monday.

The tournament is scheduled on February 18 to 25.

Mighty Sports last saw action in the Merlion Cup in Singapore last September, falling short of winning the gold medal after former NBA player Jimmer Fredette of the Shanghai Sharks sank three free throws in the end-game.

The Philippine club is going all out in its bounceback gig by signing up Brownlee and Thabeet.

Brownlee famously buried a buzzer-beating triple in Game Six of the Governors’ Cup finals against Meralco to hand the Gin Kings their first championship in eight years.

Thabeet, a 7’3″ center, was picked second overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2009 NBA Draft.

But he flamed out and never carved out a steady career in the NBA. He bounced around the league, serving as a reserve for the Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons.

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