Inspired James Yap tries to lead Star back on track

Despite the Star Hotshots’ recent struggles, former league MVP James Yap still has a reason to smile these days.

Yap is expecting his first child with his Italian girlfriend Michela Cazzola.

The Hotshots superstar, who already has two children from previous relationships, is excited with his third with the hope of finally having a complete, happy family.

“Siyempre, sobrang excited ako kasi heto talaga ‘yung makakasama ko paglaki, unlike kina Bimby na minsan ko na lang makasama,” Yap told FOX Sports. “Nandyan lang naman lagi [yung wedding plans] pero focus muna kami sa magiging baby namin.”

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It’s one of the biggest reasons why Yap is playing inspired basketball these days, scoring in double figures in the Hotshots’ last 3 games after struggling at the start.

Five months into his girlfriend’s pregnancy, Yap said there’s really no adjustment except for one thing.

“Wala namang nagbago sa buhay namin. Pero ngayon mas mahaba ang pasensiya ko siyempre nagiging moody na siya,” Yap said.

It’s the same trait that Yap is also applying in his basketball career amidst his team’s recent struggles since Grandslam coach Tim Cone left the Hotshots.

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An inspired Yap is hoping to rub his happiness off to the rest of the team as they will try to get back on the winning track against defending champion Tropang TNT this Sunday.

While currently mired at the cellar with a 1-4 win-loss mark, Yap and the Hotshots have come back to life in their past 2 games winning over Blackwater Elite then just came a couple of plays short in a tough 5-point loss to Brgy. Ginebra in the Manila Clasico last Sunday. – By AA


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