Saturday, January 22, 2011

Codinera Confirms Lee's Exit

Newly-installed UE head coach Jerry Codinera confirmed the rumors that had been circulating since his hiring: his Red Warriors team will be playing Season 74 without superstar Paul Lee.

Lee averaged 14.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists last season. Pic source here

As seen in articles in the Philippine Star and GMA News Sports, Codinera said that Lee left the squad without giving any particular reason, although some have Lee angling for a spot on the Smart Gilas team.

Lee's departure have the Warriors going into partial rebuild mode, as along with Lee, a handful of other players will no longer be playing as well.

Also graduating are spitfires Raffy Reyes and James Martinez, together with one and done big man Ezer Rosopa, who hit the UAAP's age limit. Furthermore, seldom-seen forward Garrick Ayala has been asked to leave as well, with the team citing multiple disciplinary infractions as the result.

Doubtful to play next season are big man San Razon, who suffered an ACL-injury, and another big man, Ivan Hernandez, due to an undisclosed injury.

The Warriors will instead rely heavily next year on Mythical Five member Kenneth Acibar, and first-year guard Roy Sumang, former Letran Squire.

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