NO less than San Mig Coffee team doctor Raffy Sanchez certified that star player James Yap is not faking his injury.
The amiable doctor in an interview with Spin.ph revealed the two-time league MVP hurt his hip during the Mixers’ disappointing 65-93 loss to Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Friday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
“I think it’s unfair na tawaging acting job `yung pag-rereklamo ni James ng injury,”said Sanchez. “I know James very well, professional siya. Kung may masakit kay James talagang may masakit sa kanya.”
Sanchez stressed Yap is prone to a lot of injuries owing to his enormous playing time with the Mixers, averaging 34.4 minutes in his nine-year pro career.
This conference alone, Yap is averaging close to 30 minutes in three games with the defending champions.
“Yung injury ni James, especially `yung tightening of his right hip plexor muscle, wear and tear na yun,” explained the San Mig team doctor.
Sanchez even likened Yap to an overused automobile that easily breaks down through constant use.
During the San Mig-Rain or Shine game, Yap had to be rushed inside the team dugout for stretching and rehab each time he was taken off the floor.
“Nanikip `yung muscles niya kaya kagabi pinahiga namin at ini-strecth siya sa dugout for five to 10 minutes,” said the doctor, who bared that Yap had to play through the pain on Friday night.
Unfortunately, the injury keeps recurring and needs extra stretching to avoid more severe attacks, according to Sanchez.
But he assured Yap’s type of injury is “nothing serious.”
“Part and parcel yan ng wear and tear ni James. Fatigue na `yun ng muscles,” added the doctor.
Basketball has been Yap’s life ever since becoming a top high school star at Bacolod Tay Tung High School in the late 90s.
In 1998 at the height of the Metropolitan Basketball Association’s popularity, Yap was initially eyed by the Negros Slashers even at the young age of 16.