PBA: Yap on first ROS semis: "Edi love love love kami ni coach Caloy"

PBA: Yap on first ROS semis:
"Edi love love love kami ni coach Caloy dahil first time pala naming dalawa," Yap said after he found out that his first semis trip with ROS is also Garcia's first semis stint since taking over the team from Yeng Guiao.

James Yap and Caloy Garcia's relationship with Rain or Shine is well... interesting.

Yap's nagging injuries and his occasional fourth-quarter benchings have been the subject of fans' ire every time James' name is associated with his new head coach.

But now, after Rain or Shine advanced to its first semifinals in its new era, all seems to be good between player and head coach.

"Edi love love love kami ni coach Caloy dahil first time pala naming dalawa," Yap said after he found out that his first semis trip with ROS is also Garcia's first semis stint since taking over the team from Yeng Guiao.

"I'm sure happy din si coach Caloy. Ako happy talaga kasi naka-pasok sa semis kasi noong dumating ako dito, talagang nasa quarterfinals lang kami lagi and last conference, hindi pa ako nakalaro dahil na-injure ako. Lagi lang kaming quarterfinals, at least ngayon, baka time namin," he added.

Now in his second season with Rain or Shine, it appears that Yap's role with the team is getting more defined by the day.

Yap is no longer the exclusive no. 1 option just like he was back when he was at his peak with Purefoods.

But on nights like Thursday, Big Game James is able to turn back the clock and it's always a sight to behold. In the do-or-die game against Globalport, Yap fired 27 points, his personal best in four seasons.

He also drilled a career-high tying seven triples.

"Well kung ano yung binibigay ni coach na role sa akin, tatanggapin ko kasi syempre, sistema niya yun e. Ayaw ko naman sirain yung sistema niya dahil lang sa akin so ako maga-adjust kasi ako yung player. Yun ang laging nasa isip ko as a player," Yap said.

"Syempre dati, iba naman dati, iba naman ngayon. Dati 21 years old lang tayo. Actually ngayon, mayroon pa naman pero wag naman ganoon. Ready lang, ready lang lagi," he added.

 


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