Yap not worried over his lack of playing time

03:48 PM July 25, 2016


Should James Yap be concerned of his dwindling minutes for Star?

Hotshots head coach Jason Webb doesn’t think he should be.


“We are a team of depth,” he said after Star’s 105-102 overtime win against GlobalPort on Sunday. “There are going to be days that James is going to play a little, there are going to be days that PJ (Simon) or Allein (Maliksi) are going to play a little. We’re going to go with the people that are hot.”

Webb made it clear that the two-time PBA MVP isn’t in a doghouse, but rather, it’s a matter of him sticking to whoever is catching fire.


“Yung team namin, kung titingnan mo, pare-pareho yung skill level. We can’t say that these are our five best guys, hands down,” he said. “We’re going to go with the hot guy and today, it was RR (Garcia).”

Garcia got the surprise starting nod for the Hotshots and delivered in his near 37 minutes on the floor, scoring 26 points on a 11-of-13 shooting clip from the field, to go with four rebounds.

Yap, meanwhile, was limited to a spectator in the crucial junctures of the game as he went scoreless in his 14 minutes of action, ending the night on a 0-for-6 shooting clip.

The 34-year-old guard, though, is just elated that Star finally bucked the losing skid and nabbed a win in three outings.

“Sa wakas, nanalo din. Magandang start, magandang simula ito kaya sana madala namin sa next game,” he said.

Though Yap acknowledged the hit in his playing time with the arrival of young guys like Garcia, he would rather praise these upstarts as the Hotshots eye to move out of the cellar.

“Alam naman natin si RR, magaling din yan. So I’m happy for him na nag-deliver siya down the stretch so sana magtuloy-tuloy na yung panalo namin,” he said.


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