Yap found out on social media that he'll play on his first Asian Games
Paul Lintag on Aug 07, 2018 07:33 AM
"Wala talaga ako idea. Nakita ko lang sa social media na tuloy na nga." --- James Yap.
Like most of us, James Yap was pleasantly surprised when he found out that the Philippines will indeed send a basketball team to the 2018 Asian Games.
With the official announcement Sunday, Yap found out about the good news via social media as the joint PBA-SBP press con rolled around prior to Game 5 of the 2018 Commissioner's Cup Finals at the Araneta Coliseum.
"Wala talaga ako idea. Nakita ko lang sa social media na tuloy na nga. Sa social media ko na nalaman," Yap said after the national team wrapped up Day 1 of Asian Games practice Monday at the Meralco Gym.
Following the shocking withdrawal announced by the SBP last July 26, Yap was disappointed obviously, like the rest of the country.
But with Gilas, backed by a reinforced Rain or Shine squad, ready to go in the Asian Games, James is excited.
"Actually syempre basketball country tayo no, nung nalaman namin na [withdraw] syempre malungkot. Tsaka hindi lang naman kami yung malungkot, pati buong Pilipinas malungkot na wala tayong team," Yap said.
"Nung nalaman ko na represent na ulit, syempre masaya lahat," he added.
The downside of the delay though is that Gilas will have even less time to prepare for the Asian Games.
The national team has 10 days of practice before they play their first game in Indonesia. But Yap is confident his team can pull it together.
"Masaklap lang, wala na masyado oras pero at least kahit papaano, si coach Yeng and almost half of the players, alam naman yung sistema. Kahit wala na masyadong oras, at least meron pa rin alam," he said.
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