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    Dilemma as hobbled Yap weighs All-Star options

    Apr 30, 2013
    San Mig guard James Yap has been hobbled by a bad back in the playoffs but has yet to rule himself out of the All-Star Game, where he is scheduled to start for the 10th successive year. Jerome Ascano

    THE recognized 'Face of the PBA' is still scheduled to go to Digos City, Davao del Sur to take part in the annual All-Star festivities.

    On when James Yap will be there is anybody's guess.

    Yap has been voted to start in the mid-season spectacle for the 10th straight year, but the San Mig coaching staff has yet to make a final decision on when the two-time PBA MVP will be leaving for Digos City.

    San Mig physical therapist Arcee Cua, who oversees Yap's therapy for a back problem that has hobbled the former league MVP in the Commissioner's Cup playoffs, said he would recommend that Yap stay in Manila until Friday to continue his therapy before flying over in the weekend.

    “Siyempre, stiffen na naman `yung likod ni James. Parang sa buto `yung masakit,” said Cua.

    "Eh All-Star break naman …siguro 'yung two or one day before `yung (All-Star) game saka siya (Yap) pumunta sa Digos para makapag-therapy muna siya."

    Yap has been playing limited minutes in the semifinal playoff against Alaska due to the back pain, but he has yet to rule himself out of the All-Star Game, where he will lead a selection of pro stars that will go up against Gilas Pilipinas on May 5.

    The travel to Digos alone figures to be a problem for Yap, whose back stiffens during prolonged periods of sitting.

    Aside from Yap, voted to a start against Gilas were Petron forward Arwind Santos, Alaska rookie Calvin Abueva, and Barangay Ginebra's Chris Ellis and Mark Caguioa, who has been ruled out of the game.

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    San Mig guard James Yap has been hobbled by a bad back in the playoffs but has yet to rule himself out of the All-Star Game, where he is scheduled to start for the 10th successive year. Jerome Ascano
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