Lee on trade to Star: James Yap pa rin ang nawala sa kanila, mabigat na role yun

Paul Lee would like to see his transfer to the Star Hotshots as an opportunity to start all over again.

While admitting he still can’t believe he was traded to the Hotshots in exchange for James Yap, the long-time face of the Star franchise, the six-foot combo guard said that change in environment has started to settle within him.

And with the Hotshots getting a new coach in Chito Victolero, Lee believes everyone in the team is in some kind of transition as well.

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“Maganda kasi kahit paano, bago yung coach, si coach Chito, bago lahat.  So halos sabay sabay kami tinuturuan ngayon kung ano gagawin namin,” Lee said after his first practice with Star on Friday at the Ronac gym.

“Mas pabor sa akin at sabay sabay kami matututo.”

The former PBA Rookie of the Year said he has no idea what his role will be for the Hotshots, who are coming off a woeful nine-win total in the 41st PBA season.

Nonetheless, he vows to give his best and try to recall the things he has learned from his former coach Yeng Guiao, who, just last week, left Rain or Shine and accepted to handled NLEX.

“Hindi ko alam kung pressure yung nararamdaman ko or what, per siyempre, James Yap pa rin ang nawala sa kanila, so medyo mabigat na role yun,” he said.

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“Ang iniisip ko na lang yung mga natututunan ko kay coach Yeng kasi di naman kaya i-resolve ng isang player yan.  Kailangan lang tulungan ang team para sa great success this coming conference,” stressed the 27-year-old “Angas ng Tondo”.

Lee said he just has to take into account that change will always be part of the life of any pro basketball player.

“Sa nangyari, medyo iba lang ang pakiramdam, pero buhay ng basketball player ganun talaga. Kailangan lagi ka handa sa mga dapat mangyari.  Move on lang sa bagong team,” he said. – Jason Mercene and Richard Dy


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