Paul Lee admitted he’s used to winning in his PBA career, having come from a Rain or Shine team that has been a perennial championship contender the last four years.
No wonder, the six-foot Lee said he’s in an unfamiliar territory early in his new career with the Star Hotshots.
Lee and the Hotshots have gone 0-2 in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup following Friday night’s 91-84 loss to surging GlobalPort Batang Pier.
“Siyempre mabigat (feeling), lalo na kung lagi kayong nanalo (dati). Lahat naman ng players gusto manalo palagi,” Lee told media men shortly after emerging from the dugout.
The former University of the East stalwart, though, couldn’t bail the Hotshots out after struggling once again with his shooting.
The Star combo guard finished with just 9 points, shooting just 2-of-9 from the floor, while turning the ball over 4 times in the face of GlobalPort’s stifling defense.
Lee, however, said struggles like what Star is going through early in the season under new coach Chito Victolero is part of PBA life.
“Siyempre part yun. Hindi naman nakikita kaagad (yung magandang laro) sa first 2 games yun. Iba yung practice sa actual game talaga so lalabas at lalabas talaga yung mga ganitong pangyayari,” he explained.
And while he’s owning up on his mistakes, Lee believes Star can only break its slump bridging from last season if as a team, the Hotshots start communicating on the floor.
“Kailangan naming harapin yan, ayusin namin. Kailangan namin pag-usapan kung ano talaga yung problema. Iyun lang naman, kami kami lang magtutulungan,” he stressed.
“Kailangan lang talaga mag stay together and pag-aralan yung offense and defense namin. Marami pang i-improve,” Lee added.
At 0-2, Star isn’t pressing the panic button, but then again, Lee knows they must start playing with a sense of urgency with the elimination round getting tricky as it goes deeper.
“Sabi naman ni coach maaga pa pero kailangan nandyan na dapat yung sense of urgency nandyan na yun, kailangan na ipakita next game,” said Lee. – Jason Mercene
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