Not even food poisoning could stop Paul Harris from leading the Talk 'n Texters to victory.
Weakened by a bout with food poisoning the night before and doggedly defended by the opposition, Niagara Falls native Paul Harris was held to a season-low 15 points Sunday, but his Talk n Text teammates stepped up to secure a 104-88 win over Barangay Ginebra that gave the Texters a 2-1 lead in the Philippines Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup championship series.
Two more wins and the Texters, along with Harris, are champions. That's not too surprising given the way Paul feels about his placement in the South Pacific country so far away from home.
"My girlfriend told me, ‘You’re an icon to these people.’ I really believe God put me in this position for a reason."
That's from Tyler Dunne's profile piece on Harris in the Buffalo News. The article basically confirms everything Syracuse fans always knew about Paul. He is fantastic.
"I feel refreshed. I feel like I’m Paul Harris."
Something tells me that would make a great cologne.
'Cuse fans remember Paul's prescient and unfortunate comments about the expectations he lived through in high school and college (""People would say, ‘When you get to the NBA, don’t forget me,’ One time, a guy said it as he was walking away. I said, ‘Wait a minute. What if I don’t get to the NBA? Don’t you forget about me.’ " ) Things had a funny way of working out for Paul, and it's nice to see that he maintains some great perspective and seems to have found a little peace with his place in the world.
"A lot of people back home say, ‘I can’t wait for you to get to the NBA,’ " Harris said. "But honestly, I’m not even thinking about that. What if I get to the NBA and I’m not happy? Right now, I’m going to enjoy this moment."
Game 4 will be played Wednesday. Apparently you can watch it live at www.philstar.com/pbalive.aspx, but that site doesn't seem to be live at the moment.