PAUL Lee’s manager and adviser Lawrence Chongson said his ward will forever be grateful to Rain or Shine and its former head coach Yeng Guiao as he enters a new stage in his career as a member of the Star Hotshots.
Chongson said it was in Rain or Shine where Lee became well-known and made several accomplishments, including a Finals MVP award in leading the Elasto Painters to the 2016 PBA Commissioner's Cup crown.
Along the way, Lee also became part of the Gilas Pilipinas national team where he suited up in the 2014 Fiba World Cup.
“Malaki ang pasalamat ni Paul sa Rain or Shine kasama na diyan si coach Yeng,” said Chongson, speaking from New York where he is on vacation. “Without them, hindi marahil narating ni Paul itong stature na kung nasaan siya ngayon.”
“Bilang manager at adviser ni Paul, ganun na rin ang pagtanaw ko ng utang na loob sa mga owners ng Rain or Shine at pati na kay coach Yeng," he added.
Chongson said Lee personally called him to relay the news of his move to Star Hotshots in a blockbuster deal that sent James Yap to Rain or Shine.
Chongson said he understands the trade, saying that those kinds of transactions are just normal in the professional basketball scene.
“Basketball coach din ako for the longest time kaya ‘yang ganyan na mga galawan sa mundo ng basketball, hindi ko na siya ikinagulat. Ika nga, the only constant thing in life is change,” Chongson said.
Chongson also gave Lee some words of encouragement as he moves on to a new chapter in his PBA career.
“Sinabi ko lang naman sa kanya na ang mahalaga eh parati lang healthy at masaya. These are part and parcel of the business in basketball that is beyond the control of a player. And that sa kahit anumang bagay o pangyayari, there is always a silver lining,” Chongson said.
Chongson also wished Yap, whom he served in a capacity as adviser during the cager's early days at University of the East, all the best in as a new player for Rain or Shine.