James Yap looks forward to PBA return

‘See You Next Season’

Two-time MVP James Yap looks forward to return for Rain or Shine next season. Photo courtesy of PBA

Two-time Most Valuable Player James Yap returned only in the season-ending Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup after more than a year of absence, earned a roster spot in the annual All-Star Game, and played in 10 of 11 games Rain or Shine played this conference.

Signs are very encouraging that he’s set to make another comeback next season and probably end his colorful PBA career in a more fitting way with Rain or Shine.

“See you next conference,” was Yap’s response to a small group of sportswriters, who interviewed him right after the Elasto Painters ended their final game of the season where they lost to San Miguel Beer, 129-116.

Yap returned only late this season after more than a year of being idle as he needed to adjust to his new role as a public servant where he serves as an elected Councilor of San Juan and made sure that he’ll return to the hard court in tip-top condition.

“I feel that I was in a much better condition as I didn’t miss a game this conference compared the previous seasons, especially in the bubble where I’m injured more often,” added Yap.

In 10 games that he played this conference, Yap averaged 5.2 points while coming off the bench.

If this serves as an indication, Yap looks forward to returning next season where he had a chance to prepare for a full season ahead.

“Health has been my concern,” said Yap. “So far, this is a conference where I didn’t miss a game, which is a good sign. Several times during the bubble tournament, I was able to miss several games because of a nagging injury.”

“Now, I can say I’m healthier, hopefully I could stay healthy all the way. I don’t want to return and shortchanged the management if I would return just sitting on the bench, unable to suit up and not able to play.”

Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said that the discussions for Yap’s return is between the legendary cager and the top-level management, but assured that there’s always a guaranteed spot for the previous face of the PBA.

“James is in talks with (co-team owner) Boss Raymond (Yu),” said Guiao. “I do not want to involve myself in the discussions, but we will always have a slot for James if ever they would reach an agreement.”

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