Although reporting in early, longtime PBA import Paul Harris will excuse himself for about a week in the middle of Ginebra’s preparation for the Governors’ Cup to fly for a quick visit to his family in the US and tie the knot for the second time.
Harris will wed longtime wife Gianna on July 2 and will spend the rest of his swift vacation together with his family until the 4th of July to celebrate USA’s Independence Day.
“We’ve been married but we will just make it one for the family. It will be special, I haven’t seen some of my family in a long time,” said Harris, who just came off a 10 grueling months playing in Turkish league.
He will fly back in the Philippines on July 6th, just in time to hit the ground running for Ginebra before the season-ending conference kicks off.
Despite the wedding and family reunion already planned out, Harris showed his commitment to the Gin Kings by getting in shape and knowing his new team.
“I wanna get practicing, get more in shape, its different practicing at home, working out by yourself compare on being in a team and be around the guys,” said Harris.
Harris added he felt honored to be part of Ginebra, the very same team he beat back with his Talk ‘n Text stint in the 2011 Governors’ Cup championship.
“First thing that come off my mind is when we play them in the championship in 2011 and now playing for this historical team is an honor,” he said.
Ginebra drastically changed then, with towering center Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar already in tow while they also got younger with the likes of Scottie Thompson and Chris Ellis.
“It’s kinda little different, but that’s part of life, changes, you grow and go different places and it’s still an honor and I’m humbled to be here. Just wanna come here, work hard and give my best,” he stressed.
Hoping for a good conference ahead, Harris is pumped up to play for the fourth time here in his family’s ‘favorite place’.
“This is actually her favorite place, we play in Turkey for 2 years, France for 2 years, Dominican Republic but her favorite place is the Philippines and to be honest with you, this is my favorite too. – By Jason Mercene
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