PAUL Lee is recuperating well from a minor procedure done to repair a tear on his left knee that he expects to suit up for Rain or Shine when it makes its PBA Governors Cup debut on Wednesday.
Lee has already joined the Elasto Painters in practice for the past two weeks, and so far the injured knee which has undergone a third Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment shortly after the Commissioner’s Cup finals is doing fine.
“Walang pain, walang reklamo yung tuhod ko. So ibig sabihin maganda yung resulta ng third PRP, na sana nga, huli na,” said the stocky combo guard.
His current fitness gives him enough confidence of suiting up for the Elasto Painters’ first game against fellow debutant Tropang TnT at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Still, everything depends, of course, on coach Yeng Guiao, who managed Lee’s playing minutes during the playoffs of the mid-season tournament which Rain or Shine won at the expense of Alaska.
“Feeling ko wala akong ma-miss na games (this time). Sana,” said Lee, the Commissioner’s Cup finals MVP. “Pero syempre it’s up to Coach Yeng. Siguro kung sabihin nya na limited minutes muna ako, ok lang yun sakin.”
The injured knee kept Lee from starting both the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cup campaigns respectively, of the Elasto Painters after twice undergoing PRP procedures, a process that involved injecting blood to ligaments for faster healing.
He had to undergo PRP a third time though, during the season break as the knee – which was swollen for most of the playoffs - still had a tear and needed to be drained of liquid every other day during the course of the finals.
The PRP procedure had him immobile for two weeks, forcing him to skip playing for Gilas in the last Manila Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
But unlike before, he’s feeling a lot better compared to the two previous PRPs.
“Siguro kung iku-kumpara ko yung balik ko ngayon, compared sa dalawang naunang PRP ko, mas okay ngayon. Kasi yung basehan ko is yung after workout and after practice,” said Lee.
“Dati kasi ang pakiramdam may tightness, may masakit, ngayon wala talaga. Okay talaga yung tuhod ko. Saka nag-decide na ako mag-ensayo kasi okay na yung condition ko and shooting. Yun ang mga naging basehan ko.”
The Elasto Painters will parade Dior Lowhorn as import in the season-ending conference. The 29-year-old product of Texas Tech previously suited up for Ginebra and Globalport and averaged 30.18 points and 11.24 rebounds.