JAMES Yap wants to make one thing clear as far as his war of words with rookie Calvin Abueva is concerned.
“Hindi ako napikon kay Abueva,” Yap told Spin.ph after his heated physical skirmishes with the sensational Alaska rookie in Game Two of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series between Alaska and San Mig Coffee.
“Kaya lang naman ako nagsalita, gusto ko lang sabihin sa mga referee na maging sharp,” added Yap, accusing Abueva of flopping. “Pag una, dalawang tawag sa flopping ayos lang 'yun. Pero pag apat hanggang lima, laro na niya (Abueva) talaga `yun.”
Asked how he sees Abueva as a player, the two-time league MVP insisted the former San Sebastian star and NCAA MVP is talented, but he had an altogether different opinion when it comes to the rookie's on-court antics.
“Basta ako alam ko `yung respect sa mga beterano noong rookie pa ako,” Yap said.
The 31-year-old San Mig star also explained in detail Abueva's antics on court.
“Sisikuhin ka niya at sasaktan, tapos siyempre makikipag-pisikalan ka, saka naman niya susundan ng acting,” said Yap. “Dapat `yung ganun makikita ng mga ref eh. Hindi lang naman ako nagrereklamo ng ganyan niya.”
Ironically, the two will end up as teammates this weekend after being voted to start for the PBA selection that will take on Gilas Pilipinas in the All-Star Game in Digos City.
Yap, who is set to see action in his 10th straight All-Star game, bared he plans to join the PBA delegation in Digos after completing his therapy for a bad back.
“May therapy ako eh. Tapusin ko lang tapos punta na ako agad sa Davao," he said. "Siyempre nakakahiya sa mga fans na mawala."