PBA: Paul Lee recalls battles with defenders during his rookie year

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 06 2020 05:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Paul Lee is widely regarded as one of the best players in the PBA, with a fearsome ability to break down defenders and score in a wide variety of ways.

During his early years in the PBA, however, Lee was admittedly troubled by a couple of the league's tough defenders.

In a conversation with former teammate Beau Belga on "Extra Rice," the Magnolia Hotshots All-Star said that in the prime of their careers, Ryan Reyes of TNT and Ronald Tubid of San Miguel Beer were the defenders who gave him the most trouble.

"No doubt, Ryan Reyes noong prime niya," Lee immediately answered when Belga posed the question of who was his toughest defender.

"Siguro noong rookie year ko, All-Filipino natin, first conference ko sa PBA. 'Yung prime talaga ni Ryan Reyes, kumbaga, kahit malaki siya, mabilis. At saka ang galing magbasa sa depensa," he explained.

Tubid, in his prime, was also a tough defender to deal with, Lee said. "Noong medyo bata-bata pa si Kuya Ronald, noong rookie year ko talaga."

Now that he is a veteran with plenty of experience, there is just one player who continues to give Lee fits every time they face off. 

"Ngayon, ang nakikita ko, si Chris Ross lang," said Lee, referring to San Miguel's point guard who has won two Defensive Player of the Year trophies in his career.

"Siya, kumbaga, 'pag nagkatapat kami, talagang laro. Laban 'to," he said.

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