JAMES Yap can't contain his excitement over a looming reunion with Denzel Bowles, this time with Rain or Shine for the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
"Excited talaga ako dahil grabe rin ang pinagdaanan namin before. Kumbaga, parang magkasama kami sa isang matinding giyera," he told SPIN.ph on Thursday.
The two were part of the B-Meg Llamados squad that ruled the 2012 Commissioner's Cup by beating Talk 'N Text in seven hard-fought finals games in a performance that endeared the import to the team's faithful.
Yap and Bowles last played together in the reinforcement's last run with the Purefoods franchise back in 2016.
Bowles was unable to finish the conference as he flew back to the US to tend to some 'personal matters,' and after that season, Yap was also dealt to Rain or Shine in a straight-up one-on-one trade for Paul Lee.
Three years after, and they're on the same side once again.
Yap shared that the Elasto Painters management consulted him on the move, baring: "Nagtanong lang sila coach kung okay ba si Denzel. Sabi ko okay naman siya, kundisyon siya at galing siya ng Japan."
It didn't take long before the deal was sealed, and the two-time PBA MVP immediately welcomed the 2012 Commissioner's Cup Best Import awardee to his new home.
"Nung nalaman ko na siya na yung import namin, tinext ko agad si Denzel. Sabi ko, 'Welcome to the family.' Excited na rin siya and I'm sure lahat ng fans niya dito, excited siya na makita ulit," he shared.
Bowles almost made a return to the league back in 2017, but had a falling out with the TNT management who deemed him "unfit to play" and led to his ouster even before the conference could start.
Yap sees this homecoming as Bowles' shot for redemption, expressing confidence that the two of them can once again achieve success under a different banner.
"Itong pagbalik niya dito, he needs to prove something, na parang redemption niya na he can still play. Kailangan niya i-prove pa ang sarili niya ulit, na nanditong na sa Rain or Shine na siya, kaya niya na maglaro ulit ng maayos," he said.
"Sana makatulong siya sa team dahil kilala naman natin si Denzel. Tested na yun eh."