JOSEPH Yeo said he has come to accept that Barangay Ginebra new coach Frankie Lim doesn’t like him at all, leading to his move to Barako Bull in a straight swap for Sol Mercado.
The high-scoring Yeo said he felt the “dislike” from Lim when the new Ginebra coach didn’t field him in any of the team's three tune-up games in the two weeks leading up to the PBA Governors Cup.
“Unang una, si coach Frankie talaga ang nag-ano (trade) sa akin. Ayaw niya sa akin dahil sabi niya, di raw ako makakakita ng basketball court this conference so might as well go to Barako,” Yeo confided to Spin.ph, just before his first official game in a Barako Bull uniform on Wednesday against NLEX.
Prior to the trade, Yeo had become an integral part of the Gin Kings, becoming the team’s starting off-guard under then coach Jeffrey Cariaso and getting sigficicant minutes from Ato Agustin.
But that changed upon Lim’s appointment more than a month ago.
“Kahit sa tuneup game, di niya (Lim) ako ginagamit. Eh imagine, from being the starting off guard in the all-Filipino, hanggang ngayon, parang nasa third or fourth group pa ata ako,” explained the ‘Ninja.'
But the former La Salle star said he isn’t pinning the blame on the new Ginebra coach, saying he understood that Lim has his own way of running things as he tries to right the ship for the underachieving Gin Kings.
“Di ko rin masisi si coach Frankie. Yung different coaches, may kanya-kanyang type of players 'yan. Parang malas ko lang, di ako 'yung type ng player na gusto niya,” said Yeo, who averaged 8.0 points, 2.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds in two conferences with Ginebra.
The 31-year-old Yeo said he wishes his former team the best under Lim.
“Siyempre, I wish Ginebra na maging successful din sila. Eh mga naging kaibigan ko na rin naman sila (Gin Kings).”