PHOENIX opted to tap a Korean cager in Lee Kwan Hee as its Asian import in next month’s PBA Governors Cup.
Lee was spotted during the coaching clinic of dribble-drive proponent Vance Walberg at the Kerry Sports Arena on Sunday where the Fuel Masters served as demonstration team.
Head coach Ariel Vanguardia later confirmed that Lee will be reinforcing the Fuel Masters in the season-ending conference. At the same time, he also bared the franchise has linked a partnership with the Korean ballclub Seoul Samsung Thunders.
“We have a long term relationship with the Samsung Thunders of the KBL (Korean Basketball League). We will learn a lot from them,” Vanguardia said.
Listed at 6-foot-3, Lee said he is looking forward of playing in the PBA, a league which he describes as tough.
“I feel blessed and really thank Phoenix team for offering an opportunity. I will play and practice hard and help the team make the playoffs. It’s a tough league and people are crazy about basketball so it is very exciting,” said Lee through his interpreter Scott Rim.
As per reports, Lee is coming off a stint in the Korean military service, prompting him to take a break from his pro career in the 2014-2015 KBL. He played in the military team before returning to the Thunders last January.