NO other players at Magnolia welcome the team's two-week break in the PBA Philippine Cup than ace guard Paul Lee.
Playing with a banged knee for the last three games, Lee is taking the much-deserved respite to recuperate and be ready for the bigger grind ahead.
"Sakto, timing nga," said Lee when reminded of the 10-day rest the Hotshots will have from their last game Friday against Blackwater until April 3 when the team resumes its campaign against NLEX following the All-Star break.
Lee had his hurting right knee packed with ice following Magnolia's 97-87 win over the Elite. Despite favoring the injury, he still finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, and four assists.
The Team Pilipinas stalwart disclosed he first hurt his knee in Magnolia's match against Columbian Dyip, which was further aggravated when he and NorthPort rookie Robert Bolick accidentally collided the following game.
It also didn't help any that the Hotshots played four games in nine days, including three in the last six days.
But Lee is shrugging off the injury, knowing well that everyone in the team also had their respective health issues.
"Tuluy lang namin, kapit lang kami sa isat isa. Halos lahat naman may nararamdaman na pero wala namang nagrereklamo," he said.
The Hotshots are now at the .500 mark (5-5) and well into a possible quarterfinals berth after starting the conference by losing their first three outings.
That's why the long break come like a breath of fresh air for Lee before the team resumes its playoffs bid.
Lee though will still play in the coming All-Star game in Calasiao, Pangasinan after being voted as a starter in the North selection.
"Siyempre para sa mga fans yan," he said of the league's annual spectacle. (RG)