Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times

Basketball

Victolero not rushing Paul Lee’s return, will wait until he’s ’95-percent’


Magnolia is not in a hurry to brick Paul Lee as he continues to miss games in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup due to back spasms.

“We don’t want to rush Paul,” said Hotshots head coach Chito Victolero after their 89-84 win over Ginebra in a Clasico affair Sunday night.

Lee has been out thrice in the five games Magnolia has played thus far, including their duel with the Kings at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

The 33-year-old first sat out against Converge last June 10 at the Ynares Center, then played versus NorthPort just last Wednesday also at MoA.

He’s been out since, missing their assignments against San Miguel Beer last Friday then Ginebra. And it remains to be seen when he will return.

Victolero didn’t hide that he would want to see the former BPC back into the fold, but said that he’d rather have Lee at maximum health.

“I talked to Paul, and we will have Paul kung 100-percent na siya, or at least mga 95 to 100-percent,” said the former Coach of the Year.

After all, Magnolia can afford to wait for Lee to fully recover, especially with guards such as Jio Jalalon ably stepping up in his absence.

The do-it-all playmaker had 19 points, six assists, and four assists against the Gin Kings. He also did it on the other end by racking up three steals.

“We need Paul siguro later in the tournament,” said Victolero.

“So, as long as maging healthy si Paul, magiging mas maganda ‘yung takbo ng team namin.”

All PBA games stream live on GigaPlay. Download it now on Android or IOS.

The second game of each gameday is also live-streamed on SMART Sports.

#ReadMore  Gilas comeback falls short, bow to Lebanon in tune-up
Written By

Oftentimes on the sidelines. Forever a student of the game. Morayta-bred.


You May Also Like

Basketball

Momentum is definitely on the side now of San Miguel. Still, it’s all up to the Beermen on how they will capitalize. Head coach...

Basketball

Jericho Cruz was glad to bounce back from what he considers was the worst outing he’s had this season as he helped San Miguel...

Basketball

The Adamson connection was in full effect as San Miguel staved off Meralco, 89-78, to move a step closer to returning to the PBA...

Basketball

Jio Jalalon refuses to be held back by hamstring problems as he badly wants to help Magnolia keep its 2022 PBA Philippine Cup campaign...

Basketball

The veterans clearly didn’t want to head into an early vacation as Magnolia stayed alive in the 2022 PBA Philippine Cup following a 105-97...

Basketball

Liu Chuanxing doesn’t hide his desire of getting closer to the level of Yao Ming as he continues his journey with newly-founded ball club...

Basketball

Myles Powell already has an inkling of what to expect in his upcoming stint with Bay Area in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and,...

2023 FIBA World Cup

Kevin Quiambao can’t wait to share the court with Jordan Clarkson and Kai Sotto as he is included in the Gilas Pilipinas pool for...

Advertisement