PAUL Lee feels ‘brand new’ again after undergoing procedure during the off-season to repair a nagging knee surgery.
In his very own words, he felt playing anew straight out of college.
“Parang ang pakiramdam ko ngayon feeling kaka-graduate lang ng college. Parang bumalik yung dati kong groove,” said Lee Wednesday night shortly after Magnolia debuted with a rousing 108-95 rout of Alaska in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Indeed, it showed at the way Lee performed against the Aces, who he torched for a season-high 30 points on a sizzling 6-of-8 shooting from three-point range.
He added seven rebounds and six assists in his first game back after sitting out the last two games of the Governors Cup semifinals last season against Meralco after he suffered a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee.
During the season break, the veteran combo guard decided to undergo a long-delayed knee procedure under renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raul Canlas.
Now, he admits feeling a lot better.
“I’m very happy and thankful ako sa mga taong tumulong sa akin,” said Lee, who only practiced with the Hotshots for three days before their game against the Aces.
But Lee, 28, doesn’t credit his hot shooting night solely on his newly-operated knee.
He said it just so happened he’s feeling good about himself, while at the same time, his teammates often found him for the open shots.
“Suwerte lang ngayong araw so take advantage lang,” said the native of Tondo, Manila. “May mga open shots din naman na binibigay yung mga teammates ko.”
Lee hopes to extend his sizzling performance on Christmas Day when Magnolia takes on debuting rival Barangay Ginebra at the Philippine Arena.
“Oo naman. Classic yun talaga, a good match-up against Ginebra,” he said.