Big load off Paul Lee’s back as he leads Magnolia to first title since James Yap trade

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Replacing the club’s poster boy was a big task in itself but leading the team to a championship, something that Yap has done for seven times including the 2014 Grand Slam, is another beastly burden.But Lee finally got a title to lighten the load that he carried on his shoulders for more than two years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLee helped the Hotshots claim their first title since the Grand Slam as they overcame Alaska in six games capped off with a resounding 102-86 Game 6 victory Wednesday in the PBA Governors’ Cup.The championship was the first of Lee’s career with the Hotshots and it also lightened the load that he carried on his shoulders for two years. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This is big because winning a championship was the first thing that I had to do when I got traded for Kuya James,” said Lee, who was with Rain or Shine first, in Filipino.“The people will always expect me to win a championship with the Purefoods franchise.”Lee and Yap were involved in that blockbuster of a trade before the start of the 2016-17 season that left the Philippine basketball community in a state of shock.Yap was 34-years-old during the time of the trade and even though Lee, who’s seven years younger, had a similar skill set it was still seen as a surprise.Lee carried a lingering pressure every time he stepped on the court for the Hotshots since he knew he was under a microscope but his Best Player of the Conference award in the Governors’ Cup and the title helped take away some of that burden.ADVERTISEMENT He also hoped that this isn’t the last title that he’s going to win with Magnolia.“I wish the blessings don’t stop coming,” said Lee who had 16 points in the final game of the season. “I’m just so happy right now and I couldn’t ask for anything more. I can’t put everything into words, I’m just very blessed this year.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Paul Lee finally delivered on a promise.The mercurial guard wasn’t just some new addition to the Magnolia franchise when he arrived in October 2016–he was the player that the Hotshots got in return for the iconic James Yap.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Geje Eustaquio keenly awaits Demetrious Johnson’s ONE debut in Japan Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH PLAY LIST 01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH00:50Trending Articles01:04Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Sirleaf Joins Obama at Mandela’s Centenary

first_imgFlashback: Madam Sirleaf with Ex-South African President Jacob Zuma in 2008.Former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is currently in South Africa to participate in celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela’s birth, a dispatch has said.On Tuesday, July 17, according to the dispatch, former United States President Barack Obama delivered the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture.It may be recalled that in 2008, former President Sirleaf delivered the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg, South Africa. Tuesday’s lecture was preceded by a panel discussion that featured former President Sirleaf, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the former Foreign Affairs Minister of Algeria Lakhdar Brahimi at the Obama Foundation gathering of young African leaders.Those events were also preceded by the launch of the “Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Program,” a year-long initiative of leaders of Africa that will connect 200 emerging leaders from across the African continent to take on challenges in their communities.Four Liberians, including H. Zaizay, Gbovadeh Gbilia, Jarius Greaves and Mlen-Too Wesley, were selected to form part of the inaugural class of the “Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Program.”  They joined 196 young leaders from 43 other African countries to benefit from a year-long leadership development and civic engagement program aimed at training, supporting, and connecting emerging African leaders as a means to creating positive change in their communities.In a related development, Madam Sirleaf will today join the Elders, an independent group of global leaders working together for peace and human rights, in highlighting the extraordinary contributions made by a group of 100 brilliant grassroots organizations.Those organizations, classified as “Sparks of Hope,” are positively impacting communities in Africa and across the globe.As part of today’s events, Madam Sirleaf will again join a panel discussion with Madam Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, and Raj Panjabi, Co-founder and CEO of Last Mile Health, which is one of the “100 Sparks of Hope.”Today’s discussion will center on world peace, access to health, justice, and equality.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more