Rain or Shine star Paul Lee refuses to blame weight issue for latest injury scare
Paul Lee admits he has ballooned to 217 lbs., or 17 lbs more than his normal playing weight, during the time he spent off the court because of injury. Jerome Ascano

PAUL Lee admitted gaining a few pounds as he sat out the early part of Rain or Shine’s campaign in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, but was quick to point out the extra weight has nothing to do with the latest injury to his battered left knee.

The Elasto Painters’ top gunner admitted he ballooned to 217 pounds during the time he was out of commission in the team’s first five games in the mid-season tournament.

Lee stands at six feet and listed his playing weight at 200, meaning he went 17 lbs over.

“Nag-gain ako ng weight, pero hindi naman kasi agad nababawas 'yun,” he said. “Two-hundred seventeen ako ngayon, pero before naman okay ako (maglaro) sa 210 to 215.”

Lee's weight issue came to fore after he hurt the same knee which forced him to miss games during the Philippine Cup and in the ongoing import-laden tournament. The Rain or Shine combo guard collided with an airborne Ryan Reyes of Tropang TNT during the two teams’ game prior to the Holy Week break, which the Texters won, 114-103.

Lee was only playing in his third game back from the knee injury earlier diagnosed to have suffered a partial tear on the lateral meniscus and ITB (Iliotibial Band) tendon.

Doctors have yet to update him on the real extend of the injury following the hard collision with Reyes, according to the 27-year-old ‘Angas Ng Tondo.’

But the former University of the East standout said he felt better now compared to the time he first suffered the injury during the off-season.

And though he can still carry his weight, Lee vowed to continue shedding off the excess poundage especially with the team getting a few days of rest in this Lenten season.

“Yung type ng game ngayon kailangan talagang magpababa ka ng timbang,” he said. “Ibababa ko siya ng 200 (lbs). Kailangan talagang trabahuhin 'yun.”

That meant longer time in the weight room and a more disciplined diet for him.

“Wala munang extra rice,” said Lee with a grin. “Kay Beau (Belga) na muna yun.”

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