FANS waiting to see James Yap playing in a different jersey may have to wait a little longer.
This after the two-time league MVP underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair damaged tissues on his left knee last October 19, pushing back his PBA debut with new team Rain or Shine.
“Minor lang naman 'yung ganoong procedure, almost necessary yun sa mga players na bugbog ang paa sa laro,” said a team insider when asked about Yap's surgery.
The insider bared Yap’s knee injury was a result of wear and tear, especially during his time with the Star Hotshots who traded him for Paul Lee in the biggest deal of the offseason.
The Escalante, Negros Occidental pride will need two to three weeks of rest and rehabilitation before he can fully recover from the injury, a source added.
“Saglit lang 'yun, nakaka two weeks naman na siya eh, nagre-rehab na rin si James. In fact, he was at the team’s practice the last two days, dun na siya nag-strengthening,” he said.
“James opted to show up sa gym to atleast famialirize himself with the system,” he added.
Yap, who spent his first 13 seasons in the league with the storied Purefoods franchise, also joined the Elasto Painters in a team-building session over the weekend in Nasugbu, Batangas.
Still, Yap’s injury also prompted Rain or Shine management to beg off from having its team play on opening day against NLEX, now mentored by former RoS coach Yeng Guiao, on November 20.
“He will be back. But depending on our new schedule, James might miss one or two games. But he vowed to be his old self as soon as he returns to the hardcourt,” said the Rain or Shine official.