With veteran guard Joseph Yeo appearing to have fallen out of GlobalPort’s good graces, rumors now link the “Ninja” to NLEX as his possible destination, which could possibly reunite him with his former coach Boyet Fernandez.
Yeo, the outspoken GlobalPort guard, had 2 DNPs (did not play) in the team’s last 2 games despite the fact that Fil-American guard Stanley Pringle is still out with an ankle sprain and Terrence Romeo went down with a right calf muscle injury in the Batang Pier’s 103-115 loss to Blackwater.
The 6-foot-1 former La Salle star said in a previous chat with FOX Sports that his benching the past 2 games was a decision made by GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio.
He has since accepted that fact already.
NLEX slotman Asi Taulava’s recent Instagram post though brought a new twist in Yeo’s case.
“If u dont want my brotha Da Ninja. Turn him lose n let him come home to his family!#OnceFambamAlwaysFambam,” Taulava posted in his official Instagram account @agelessasi88.
NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez said he fully supports the sentiment of Taulava.
“Suportado ko si Asi because that’s the feeling shared by a former teammate. We all know naging mag-teammates sila sa Air21,” Fernandez told FOX Sports when contacted to comment.
The 44-year-old Fernandez even went as far as saying he would love to have Yeo in the Road Warriors’ camp if that would be possible.
“Ang di ko lang alam is kung tine-trade nga ba si Joseph Yeo ng GlobalPort but definitely, makakatulong si Joseph sa team if ever,” he added.
And should GlobalPort eventually open trade talks with them on Yeo, Fernandez said he’s willing to listen.
“Siyempre, Joseph Yeo iyan eh. I’m sure maraming teams ang interested sa kanya. Former player ko siya at alam ko naman ang kalidad niya,” he said.
“He can play the three spot, the point guard and shooting guard spot. Pero sa akin kasi, po-problemahin ko na lang iyan kung nandiyan na si Joseph sa team.”
Yeo, the 3rd overall pick of Coca-Cola in the 2006 PBA Rookie Draft, won a league title in the 2008 Philippine Cup while playing under Fernandez at Sta. Lucia Realty.
He currently averages PBA career-low numbers of 4.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 18.3 minutes prior to his 2 DNPs this conference. – By Richard Dy
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