Rain or Shine combo guard Paul Lee is just taking his time to reintegrate himself with the team after playing just his 1st game in the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup last Friday.
The 6-foot guard out of the University of the East scored just 3 points on 1-of-9 shooting, but the Elasto Painters managed to grind out a 108-105 win over powerhouse San Miguel Beermen.
Playing under 16 minutes in his 1st game back since the Philippine Cup semifinals last January, Lee said he feels no pain anymore every time he runs up and down the floor.
“Ngayon, medyo nakukuha ko na yung pagtakbo kong full speed saka mas medyo mabilis na sa pag-recover. So ngayon, timing na lang sa opensa at depensa,” Lee said, whose team faces Mahindra on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The former PBA Rookie of the Year said since his left knee got re-injured in the Philippine Cup playoffs, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao wanted to make sure he fully recovers from it before getting the green light to play this conference.
“Siyempre, lesson learned na din. Kasi bakit mo gagawin yung nakasasama sa iyo nung una. Eh kailangan maging maingat ka na dahil di maganda kalalabasan kapag inulit mo iyun,” he added.
The Elasto Painters are currently on a 2-game winning streak since starting the mid-season conference with a 1-3 card.
Standing at the forefront of Rain or Shine is new import Mo Charlo, who, after just spending 2 practice sessions with the team, exploded for 35 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists in his PBA debut against San Miguel.
Lee said the 32-year-old Charlo seems to be a good fit for the team because of the way he fought through leg cramps in the tail end of the game against the Beermen.
“Grabe yung puso niya. Talagang palaban siya. Nagka-cramps na, naglalaro pa rin siya,” said the “Lee-thal Weapon”.
“Magaling siya dumepensa saka magaling mamasa. Maganda sa amin iyun kasi di kami mahihirapan sa kanya.”
Charlo, an NBA D-League veteran, is coming off a stint in Uruguay. He came in to replace the ineffective Antoine Wright last week. – By Richard Dy
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