James Yap has gone full swing in Star’s twice-a-day practice since the team resumed its practice under coach Jason Webb on June 2.
The two-time league MVP said he’s already recovered from a right calf strain that forced him to miss the tailend of the Hotshots’ failed campaign in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
“Wala nang sakit,” Yap told FOX Sports after the team’s Thursday practice at Ronac gym, while pointing to his right calf.
But the 34-year-old Star shooter isn’t taking things lightly as he religiously undergoes therapy on his right calf.
“Huwag din muna mag-kumpiyansa kasi sabi nga nila na babalik-balik itong calf strain injury kaya pinapalakas ko pa sa therapy saka weights,” he added.
Yap believes the Hotshots though are doing well in practice, especially since the twice-a-day practice will help newcomers RR Garcia, Rodney Brondial and Keith Jensen adjust quickly under Webb.
“Ang crucial lang dito is kailangan maka-adjust agad sila sa sistema, pero alam na naman namin yung mga laro nila saka alam namin na may ibubuga din sila,” explained the pride of Escalante, Negros Occidental.
What keeps the excitement going for the Hotshots is the expected return of former PBA Best Import Marqus Blakely for the third conference.
Noted for his athleticism and energy, Yap believes the former Vermont standout will thrive under Webb’s fast-paced game.
“First time niya maglalaro under coach Jason pero alam naman natin si Marqus kahit saan iyan ( na sistema) kasi ang tawag nga sa kanya Mr. Everything,” shared the 12-year PBA veteran.
The 27-year-old Blakely needs no introduction, having led the Purefoods franchise to back-to-back Governors Cup championships in 2013 and 2014. – By Richard Dy
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