MANILA — PBA superstar Player James Yap trade admitted that he’s sad to be leaving the Star Hotshots to join the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters this coming November 20,2016 Commissioners Cup.
The Hotshots released the two-time consecutive PBA most valuable player(MVP) in the year of 2012 James Yap, will trade Rookie of the Year Paul Lee ‘ROS’.
The combo guard admitted feeling surreal when informed he’s been traded by the Elasto Painters to the Star Hotshots for James Yap in a blockbuster trade consummated on Thursday.
“Iba yung feeling,” he related to SPIN.ph just hours after the trade. “Hindi ko ma-describe yung pakiramdam ko, kasi first time kong ma-trade.
“Nagulat ako siyempre,” Yap said in an interview with FOX Sports Asia, adding that he had just spoken to Star team executive Rene Pardo. “Ganun talaga ang buhay basketball.”
(I was surprised, of course… That’s basketball.)
Yap has been part of the Purefoods franchise since he was taken by the team as the second overall pick in the 2004 PBA Draft. He has won seven PBA titles, including a Grand Slam in 2014. He also won two Season MVP crowns, aside from clinching four Finals MVP awards.
“Nakakalungkot dahil siyempre 12 years din ako and going 13 [with Star],” he said.
In the past couple of seasons, Yap’s playing minutes has decreased due to injuries. But the 34-year-old assured he can still deliver for his new team Rain or Shine.
“Ako naman handa lang naman ako. Basta laro lang ako, ibibigay ko lahat saka di ko iniisip kung sino ang mga players na nandun [in Rain or Shine]. Kilala ko naman sila and I’m excited to play with them,” Yap said.
He also thanked his former bosses for his years with the Purefoods franchise.
“Gusto ko magpasalamat sa San Miguel group, lalo na kay boss Ramon Ang, kay [SMC sports director] Coach Al [Chua] and sa lahat ng management, kay Gov (Pardo) at kay boss [San Miguel-Purefoods president] Butch Alejo, kay boss Danding [Cojuangco] kasi diyan ako sa kanila nagsimula,” Yap said.