Paul Lee be­lieves loss to San Miguel in Fi­nals will make Mag­no­lia a bet­ter team

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Lright pieces which formed the nu­cleus of its cham­pi­onship unit.

Un­til it won the 2015 Philip­pine Cup ti­tle, San Miguel ac­tu­ally hadn't won a crown since the 2011 Gov­er­nors Cup.

But af­ter that, the Beer­men had been on a roll, claim­ing six of the last 10 con­fer­ences cham­pi­onships, in­clud­ing a his­toric four straight all-Filipino crown.

Lee sees San Miguel as a per­fect model for Mag­no­lia.

"Sabi nga ni coach Chito (Vic­tolero), kailan­gan nam­ing du­maan, as a team, sa ga­nung klaseng ex­pe­ri­ence. Mas magig­ing buo yung sama­han ng team, ng mga play­ers kung samasama kami," said the 29year-old guard from Tondo.

In essence, the Hot­shots did over­achieve last con­fer­ence as they fi­nally got past the semi­fi­nals phase af­ter thrice mak­ing the Fi­nal Four of all three con­fer­ences dur­ing the league's 42nd sea­son.

The fi­nals stint was also the very first for the fran­chise since its grand slam sea­son in 2014. Spon­sored con­tent: "Very proud ako ano man yung naabot namin ngayon," said the Univer­sity of the East alum, who won two cham­pi­onships and saw ac­tion in six Fi­nals ap­pear­ances dur­ing his stint with Rain or Shine.

"Balang araw la­hat ng hard­work namin, mag­bubunga rin yan."

Lee is cur­rently tak­ing ad­van­tage of the con­fer­ence break by trav­el­ing for a quick respite in Japan with wife Ru­bie be­fore the Hot­shots be­gin their train­ing camp this Fri­day in prepa­ra­tion for the mid-sea­son Com­mis­sioner's Cup where the team will pa­rade Ver­non Mack­lin as its im­port.

Mag­no­lia won't play its first game un­til the first week of May. (RG)

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