IT’S not surprising Paul Lee has been playing doubly inspired these days.
The Magnolia Pambansang Manok guard is soon to be a father as wife Ruby is due to give birth by October to a baby girl.
Lee said the welcome addition to the family is what makes him more motivated to play for the Hotshots as they began their PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs campaign by next week.
“Kaya nga ito yung kinuha mong propesyon kasi yung basketball ang nagpapa-inspire sa iyo. Every time na tumapak ka sa court para maglaro automatic na yun,” said Lee.
“Pero siyempre, may dagdag factor na kapag may mga ganyang nangyayari sa buhay mo tulad ng magkaka-baby ka, nakakadagdag (inspirasyon) din talaga,” added the ‘Angas ng Tondo’ as he shows his soft side.
It excites the 29-year-old guard that he’ll be becoming a father for the first time.
“Masarap (ang feeling) kasi first baby. Salamat nga kay God dahil hindi masyadong matagal yung paghihintay namin ng wife ko,” said Lee, who married his long-time fiancée in October 2016.
“Sobrang excited na nga dahil may mga clothes na kaming nabili para sa kanya (baby).”
As he awaits his first baby, Lee is also leading the way in pushing for the Hotshots’ bid to make a return to the finals after a runner-up finish to San Miguel during the Philippine Cup.
He showed the way in scoring among Magnolia locals for the second straight game with 14 points as the team scored a 101-97 win over the reigning champion Beermen at the end of the mid-season tournament’s elimination round.
It was the second straight win for the Hotshots, who ended up tied with Barangay Ginebra and the Beermen for fifth to seventh spots with identical 6-5 records, but fell to no. 7 owing to an inferior quotient.
They now face no. 2 seed Alaska in the quarterfinals where the team needs to win twice to advance in the semis.
“Hindi namin iniisip na twice-to win disadvantage kami. So one game at a time kami,” he said. “Pero ganun din naman kung napunta rin kami sa gitna, dalawang panalo rin naman yung kailangan namin.Yun nga lang hindi kami puwedeng magkamali rito.”
Not Paul Lee, especially when he’s playing inspired ball these days.