Paul Lee reflects on career, bares the secret to success in the PBA
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 05, 2019 06:06 PM
Paul Lee bares how he remains a "Leethal Weapon", seven years into his PBA career.
When Paul Lee was drafted by Rain or Shine as the second overall pick in the 2011 PBA Draft, he had no time to celebrate.
Right after getting selected, the 6'0" shooter out of UE recalled the moment the late Roehl Nadurata, the then-top deputy of Rain or Shine, tapped him and immediately asked: "Condition ka ba?"
The question was immediately followed up by a stern command. "Oh, bukas shooting na tayo ha."
Lee, of course, obliged. But he was left asking himself "Wala ba kong time na makapagcelebrate muna sa family ko naman?"
The 29-year-old guard from Tondo reflected on his PBA career, and his journey so far during an interview with Mico Halili in The Score.
Now entering his eighth season in the PBA, Lee looked back at that conversation and the lessons it carried as one of the defining moments in his career.
"Sobrang laking bagay na nakuha ako ng Rain or Shine tsaka yung nahandle ako ni Coach Yeng [Guiao] at Coach Roehl Nadurata so doon ko natutunan lahat ng sinasabi nilang hard work," he said.
Seven years and three championships later, Lee is just thankful for being taught the secret to playing the game within the game, the right way.
"Blessed din ako na umabot ako sa point na nakapag seven years ako sa PBA, then still kicking pa rin habang nasa gitna ng career natin, just continue to work hard, 'yun lang naman sikreto dun," he said.
Lee also bared that skill alone cannot guarantee a long and successful career. "Stay humble lang, then marunong kang makisama sa mga teammates mo, coaching staff at sa management. Kasi hindi enough yung magaling ka lang eh," he said.
With all of his accomplishments, including that sensational 2018 PBA Governors' Cup championship run with the Magnolia Hotshots and the conference's Best Player award, Lee has one more thing to learn.
"Sana marami pa kong matutunan kila kuya Ping and PJ, kung pano makarating sa ganun kahaba yung career talaga," he said.
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