CHANCES of seeing Paul Lee sporting a long hairstyle are slim and none. At least until his playing career is over.
The Rain or Shine guard admitted that shaving his pate, or at least showing up for a game in his signature semi-bald look, has long been a pre-match ritual since his high school days with the dominant San Sebastian Staglets team under champion coach Raymund Valenzona.
There’s nothing unusual or special about it, according to him. It’s just that he got used to it even at a young age.
“Naging pamahiin ko na since nasa San Sebastian pa lang ako. Gusto ko kalbo or magpapagupit ako before every game namin,” he recalled to SPIN.ph.
It was a practice he carried on until now, although sometimes it’s Lee himself who shaves his head.
“Minsan kasi hindi na ako makapunta sa barbero ko, kaya ako na ang nag-shave ng sarili kong buhok. May shaver naman ako sa bahay,” he said.
“May mga games naman talaga na wala na ring time para mag-shave, pero maiksi pa rin yung buhok ko, Kaunti pa lang ang tubo.”
Wearing a bald look is advantageous to a player like him, said the former Gilas stalwart and Rookie of the Year.
“Wala ka ng iintindihin e, laro ka na lang ng laro. Di tulad pag mahaba ang buhok, minsan maiilang ka pa,” said the former star guard out of University of East.
The Elasto Painters take on the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Wednesday in a playoff for the eighth and last berth in the PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals. And as has been the practice, expect Lee to have a shiny top come game time.
Will he ever grow his hair long?
“Tsaka na, matagal pa siguro,” said the ‘Lee-thal Weapon,’ “baka pag hindi na siguro ako naglalaro.”