PAUL Lee just couldn’t be harder on himself than in his debut game in a Star Hotshots uniform.
The versatile guard came away with 12 points and 10 rebounds for his new team, but committed a total of nine turnovers which he believed factored big time into the Hotshots’ 96-88 loss to defending champion San Miguel Beermen on Sunday night during the opener of the PBA Philippine Cup.
Lee, acquired in a blockbuster trade with Rain or Shine in exchange for two-time league MVP James Yap, already had five turnovers in the first half alone, and finished with what he admitted was the most number of errors he committed in his playing career.
In all, Star had 30 turnovers to San Miguel’s 17.
“Kung na-limit lang namin, baka iba yung storya ng game,” said Lee after the match at the Smart Araneta Coliseum n which he played a total of 33 minutes under new coach Chito Victolero.
“First time na nangyari sa akin. Yan ang pinaka-marami ko ever since, kahit college pa,” he said of his blunder. “Parang nagmamadali ako kanina, sobrang excited yata.”
Lee admitted feeling like a rookie all over again as he saw action for his new team for the first time this season in the aftermath of the trade with Yap.
Still, that shouldn’t be an excuse for the numerous turnovers.
“Next time, pag nakapag-adjust. Hindi naman makikita sa one game lang yan,” the former University of the East star said. “Andiyan naman yung patience ng buong team at yung patience ni coach Chito.”
Victolero though had some consoling words for his prized recruit.
“Sabi kasi ni Paul baka hindi siya makatulog, pero ganun lang talaga yan Paul, sabi ni coach,” recalled veteran teammate Marc Pingris of what Victolero told the Hotshots inside the dugout.
“Kailangan talaga mailabas mo yan at kailangan, maka-adjust tayo sa next game.”