Joseph Yeo was no longer surprised when he received his second straight DNP (Did not Play) in GlobalPort’s 103-115 loss to Blackwater on Sunday.
Yeo, who has become a hot topic in the trade rumor mill following his benching in what GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio described as coach’s decision in their last game against Meralco, finally broke his silence.
“Na-surprise ako (last game) nung di ako ginamit pero this time, hindi na. I just have to be positive. Mino-motivate ko na lang ang mga teammates ko dahil chance na nila ito para makalaro,” Yeo said.
Yeo got frustrated after he helplessly sat on the bench watching his teammates lose in a game where he was expected to step up and fill the absence of injured Stanley Pringle.
“Kinausap ko pero sabi niya diskarte niya. Kasi nung una na-badtrip ako pero after nun nag-sorry ako. Kasi nagulat rin ako. Hindi ko in-expect eh tapos natalo pa. Okay lang sana kung nanalo eh. Ang selfish ko naman kung magalit ako kung panalo naman. Na-frustrate lang ako. So nag-sorry ako pero sabi niya diskarte na daw niya,” said the veteran guard.
Yeo started his career in the PBA as the third overall pick by Coca-Cola in 2006. He has since become a journeyman playing in five more different teams.
“Feeling ko, malas rin. Sta. Lucia, nag-disband, Air21, nag-disband, yung Ginebra naman nagpalit ng coach, sa Barako Bull ganun rin,” said Yeo.
When GlobalPort traded for him from Barako Bull in exchange for a future 1st round pick last season, hopes were high that Yeo finally found a home in the franchise that nurtured his career during his transition from collegiate to the pros.
Playing under the shadows of GlobalPort’s explosive backcourt tandem of Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle didn’t help.
“Hindi ko alam kung ano ine-expect niya (coach Pido) kasi kung iiskor ba ako kasi nandiyan naman sila Terrence at Stanley or ano ba. Kasi last conference, pumasok naman kami ng semis. Hindi ko alam kung hinanapan ba ako ng ano pa,” said Yeo, who averaged 4.5 points and 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in in 18.3 minutes prior to his 2 DNPs this conference.
While he has already accepted Jarencio’s decision to bench him, Yeo was taken aback by GlobalPort team owner MIkee Romero’s post on Facebook that was obviously referring to him.
“With the emergence of Paolo Taha, Jonathan Uyloan and new recruit Jeric Fortuna, 1 of our old veteran players who is playing very poorly will spend more time in the bench. I hope he can still find a team that would want him. (Clue: We gave away a first round pick to get this player and sad to say, we are banging our heads now),” Romero posted on his Facebook last Tuesday.
Yeo and Romero has gone a long way since their Harbour Centre days in the now defunct PBL and both coming from La Salle.
“Nagulat ako sa sinabi niya sa Facebook. Feeling ko he was very disappointed with my performance. Ang taas ng expectations niya siguro tapos hindi ko na-achieve. Hindi ko alam kung ‘di ako fit sa team, kasi sa ibang team okay naman ako,” said Yeo.
“Basta positive pa rin ako. Kung anuman ang mangyari, sanay naman na ako diyan. Siyempre I just have to prove na kaya ko pang maglaro,” he added. – By AA