Combo guard Paul Lee said he has no intention to leave Rain or Shine when his 2-year contract extension expires this August.
The six-foot Lee said the strong family atmosphere and the warm treatment of management and coaching staff have made him feel so much at home with Rain or Shine, the team that selected him no. 2 overall in the 2011 PBA Rookie Draft.
“For me, gusto ko mag-stay dito (Rain or Shine). Gusto ko yung makakuha pa ng maraming championships sa Rain or Shine,” Lee confided to FOX Sports, shortly after spending an hour with Rain or Shine fans at the Robinsons Galleria Monday afternoon.
Just 2 years back, Lee seemed bent on leaving Rain or Shine when his original 3-year rookie pact expired. He was then playing for Gilas Pilipinas and his agent Lawrence Cheongson spoke on his behalf in 2014.
But a heart-to-heart talk with Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao eventually paved the way for the Tondo-born PBA superstar to stay put with the Asian Coating franchise.
With the mixture of veterans and up-and-coming PBA stars, Lee said he’s now more focused on helping Rain or Shine win more league championships for management and its growing fan base.
“Mababait silang lahat , they treat us like a family, wala ka namang ibang ano eh, yung trato nila sa amin talagang okay, nandiyan sila para sa amin lagi,” Lee said.
“Sobrang saya dahil nakita ko yung pagdami ng fans talaga. Nakakataba ng puso
kasi kahit madaming runner-up (finishes) na nangyari sa amin, pero dumami pa rin sila (fans),” shared Lee, who was named the PBA Press Corps-Cignal Finals MVP after leading the Elasto Painters to the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship last week.
“Iba yung kasiyahang binigay nila sa amin and di ko in-expect na ganito karami ang mga fans (at Robinsons Galleria) kaya kailangan tuloy lang namin itong ginagawa namin, hopefully dumami pa ulit,” he added.
The former University of the East star said he, along with Jeff Chan and Gabe Norwood will join Gilas Pilipinas’ morning practice on Tuesday at the Meralco gym.
But Lee plans to sit out the training due to swelling on his left knee. – By Richard Dy
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