Paul Lee hopes doubts about Magnolia going nowhere after he was acquired by the franchise in a marquee trade two years ago will now be over.
Less than a week before Christmas, Lee gave the Hotshots a special gift in the form of a championship as the team beat the Alaska Aces for the PBA Governors Cup championship to end its four-year title drought.
The 29-year-old guard from Tondo led all local scorers with 16 points, including nine in the final quarter, during the title-clinching victory, 102-86, in Game 6 at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Lee, who sank the game-winning basket, 79-78, in Magnolia’s crucial Game 5 victory, lost out to Mark Barroca in the PBA Press Corps-Honda Philippines Finals MVP honor, but doesn’t mind it as the former University of the East star stressed that he was all for winning a championship.
That was exactly his goal when he came over the team in 2016 following a stunning trade with Rain or Shine in exchange for two-time MVP James Yap.
“Siyempre mabigat yun. Lahat ng tao yun ang tinitignan simula nung na-trade ako dito kapalit si kuya James (Yap). Yung ang tinitingnan ng mga tao kung makakapag-champion ako dito sa Purefoods franchise,” said Lee.