PBA: Lee on closed-door games: " Nakaka-baba ng energy"
Paul Kennedy Lintag on Jul 09, 2020 03:19 PM
"Pero na-try namin yun sa FIBA, sa Araneta di ba? Wala talagang tao. Iba yung feeling, nakaka-baba ng energy yung laro, naiisip mo parang nasa practice ka lang." — Paul Lee on closed-door games. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
The PBA took one major step towards a comeback when it secured government clearance to have teams start practice.
If the league does return this year following the COVID-19 pandemic, a "new normal" will have the PBA more than likely play with little to no fans inside the venue.
Perhaps, the PBA may actually play behind closed-doors.
From a player's perspective, the prospect of playing with no fans can be a little draining.
"Medyo iba yung pakiramdam nun, kasi first time mangyari satin sa PBA yun," Magnolia guard Paul Lee said on playing without fans.
"Pero na-try namin yun sa FIBA, sa Araneta di ba? Wala talagang tao. Iba yung feeling, nakaka-baba ng energy yung laro, naiisip mo parang nasa practice ka lang," he added.
Lee was part of the Gilas Pilipinas team that played Qatar behind closed doors two years ago for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
At the time, the Philippines was serving one of its punishments for the Gilas-Australia brawl months prior.
"Kailangan masanay tayo sa ganun," Lee said on a recent episode of the PBA's Kamustahan.
"Yun lang pwede natin gawin eh, ang importante dito is maka-balik tayong lahat," he added.
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