IN the grandest stage of all, San Mig superstar James Yap cemented his legacy as one of the best clutch performers in PBA history.
And no one was prouder than his girlfriend Michela Cazzola.
Asked what she thought about Yap's splendid Game Five performance, Italian stunner Cazzola said it was simply proof that "‘James really wanted it and prove that he is the best player."
“James wanted to prove what he can do. He wants to please all of us his fans. To me he is really the best player,” added the 32-year-old Asian Development Bank employee.
“Haters are gonna hate, now they’re gonna eat their tongue (with this another performance by James),” she added. “I am a hundred and fifty percent proud of him.”
Cazzola said she saw for herself the determination in Yap not to let the chance at immortality slip past him as Rain or Shine threatened to spoil San Mig's grand slam quest.
“He was really praying hard for it (championship). And the thing I saw was how hard he worked for it,” she said.
The Florence, Italy native believes that with Yap’s self-discipline and work ethic, the two-time league MVP still has around six to seven more years of quality basketball left in him.
By then, Cazzola is hoping her boyfriend would have conquered more championships with San Mig and perhaps one or two more MVP titles.
“I hope he wins another MVP, that will be very good and fitting,” she said.
“But to him, the win of the team is what matters, he is very selfless,” added the bubbly Italian of Yap, who, away from basketball, most tends to his business - the local distributing arm of Italian motorcycle brand Vespa called Mototechnik in Brgy. Valencia, Quezon City.
“There are some who hope that James would win four MVP’s (like San Mig team manager Alvin Patrimonio), but to be honest … he is not thinking of that, for me that will be the peak of his career (if he earns that),” she added.
Kidded if having more girls is part of the collections he wants for Yap, the outspoken University of Sienna graduate's eyes suddenly grew wide.
“Of course not. Me, I am more than enough (for him),” she said laughing.
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