James Yap blows chance to burn his former team
Paul Lintag on Jun 07, 2017 10:03 PM
James Yap had the chance cement his status as the greatest scorer of his generation against the team that traded him after over a decade of service. He missed out on that chance.
One of the more compelling storylines for James Yap in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup was his chase to become only the 14th player in PBA history to score 10,000 points.
Entering the playoffs -- conveniently against his former team Star --- Yap only needed 27 points to reach 10k.
Yap earning the milestone playing against the same team that traded him after over a decade of service would have been the perfect story in a perfect world.
We do not live in a perfect world.
Not only did the Hotshots sweep James Yap and his Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the quarterfinals, 2-0, the former two-time league MVP didn't even come close to reaching the 10,000-point mark.
Yap only scored a grand total of eight points in two games, making him 19 points short of the milestone.
Despite having the most obvious reason to be extra motivated against the Hotshots, Yap insists he didn't actually think too much about facing Star again, let alone reaching 10,000 points against them.
"Honestly hindi ko talaga iniisip yun," Yap said of his chase to 10,000 points.
"Basta darating na lang yun kung darating di ba. Hindi ko iniisip yun. Hindi natin nakuha this quarterfinals, meron pa namang next conference eh so baka dun na lang," he added.
Another storyline for Yap in Rain or Shine's disappointing playoff run in the mid-season conference, the same tournament the Elasto Painters won last year, is the fact that he's facing his former team.
Since Star traded Yap for Paul Lee late last year, Big Game James has exactly zero wins against the Hotshots.
Rain or Shine is 0-4 since that blockbuster trade.
"Wala naman," Yap said when asked if he feels any frustrations over his current losing skid against Star.
"Basta alam mo sa sarili mo na binigay mo yung best mo, kahit anong manyari, kung talo, talo talaga. Kung talo ka, iisipin mo na lang na binigay mo yung best mo so walang pagsisisi," he added.
Stuck in basketball mediocrity all season long, ROS has failed to advance past the quarterfinals in each of the first two conferences and its last playoff win came in Game 6 of the 2016 Commissioner's Cup Finals, is looking forward to get over the hump with the Elasto Painters to restore their status as one of the PBA's elite.
"Lagi na lang kaming quarterfinals, baka naman next conference mag-improve kami maging semis na di ba," he said.
"Tingnan natin basta hard work and yung disiplina hindi mawawala. Kumpiyansa pa rin, ganun lang naman eh," Yap added.
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