DIGOS CITY - Luigi Trillo doesn't see any problem playing rivals James Yap and Calvin Abueva together in the PBA All-Star selection that takes on Gilas Pilipinas in Sunday’s main game of the All-Star Week.
“I'm curious how this (playing Abueva and Yap together) will go. But they are both professionals. They know this is their obligation to the fans," said Trillo, who will be calling the shots for the All-Stars.
Yap and Abueva, who emerged the top two vote-getters for the All-Star selection, got embroiled in a word war just this weekend following a physical and emotional Game Two of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series between the Aces and Mixers.
Alaska leveled the series at 1-1 after an 86-67 drubbing of the defending champions.
Abueva drew the fifth personal foul of Yap – who’s hobbled by a back injury - midway in the third quarter as he tried posting up the walking-wounded San Mig forward.
The hard foul drew the ire of Yap who claimed Abueva was merely flopping.
What followed after the game was a heated exchange of words between the two-time league MVP and the rookie sensation out of San Sebastian.
Trillo said despite the animosity, he believes both stars will co-exist on the floor and enjoy the festive atmosphere at the Davao del Sur Coliseum.
"You know, they needed a little bit of break from a hard-fought semis series. I know they can put that aside," said Trillo, who will be coaching in his first All-Star game.