JAMES Yap is taking advantage of the long PBA conference break to rest his bad back, attend the annual fiesta in his hometown, and later on, take a well-deserved, two-week trip to Europe.
The two-time league MVP is just taking time to enjoy the three-month breather prior to the start of the season-ending Governors Cup after being plagued by health issues for most of the recently-concluded Commissioner’s Cup.
At the moment, the 6-foot-2 San Mig Coffee superstar is in Escalante, Negros Occidental to join his family in celebrating the town’s annual fiesta.
“Matagal-tagal na din akong di nakiki-piyesta saka nakauwi sa amin,” Yap eagerly shared to Spin.ph on Thursday.
The shooting guard out of University of the East was actually on a high after the Makati Trial Court granted him the right to visit his six-year-old son Bimby with TV host and presidential daughter Kris Aquino.
Yap hopes to spend some more time with his son and family before he departs to Europe for a two-week vacation, and hopefully, have his injured back re-evaluated by an expert.
“Mahirap din kasi kaya ang isip ko lang ngayon pagalingin ang likod ko. May ini-inda pang konti pero pahinga lang muna talaga kaya magba-bakasyon ako sa Europe ng mga 15 days. Kung may chance, papa-check ko na din ang likod ko,” explained the soft-spoken 31-year-old cager.
His back injury coupled with the highly-publicized court battle with his celebrated wife contributed to a forgettable Commissioner’s Cup stint for Yap, whose San Mig Coffee team was booted out in four games by eventual champion Alaska in their semifinal series.
Yap sat out the series-clinching Game Four owing to the recurring stiffness in his back and was on the sidelines when the Aces formally dashed the Mixers’ hopes of retaining their title.
For the entire mid-season conference, Yap averaged career-lows of 12 points and 3.2 rebounds in 27.75 minutes of action.
But with the long rest ahead, the San Mig franchise player said he’s looking forward of bouncing back in the Governors Cup set to start by the middle of August.