JAMES Yap doesn’t see any problem staying and playing inside a PBA bubble for the next two months.
It’s a sacrifice pro players like him will have to make, according to Yap.
It’s also a way of giving back to basketball fans, who the two-time MVP believes deserve to be entertained especially at this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Isipin mo na lang yung trabaho mo and siyempre yung mga fans na miss na miss na manood ng basketball. Yun na lang ang lagi mong ilalagay sa isipan mo,” said Yap of the possible mental stress of being in seclusion for 60 days.
He knows being away from one’s family also poses a dilemma to those who are going to enter the semi-bubble concept the league is considering to adopt in order to resume the season.
But the long break brought about by the pandemic has allowed families to bond for an even longer period of time that James doesn’t see being away for two months would be much of a concern.
“Ilang months ka na rin kasing nasa bahay and limited din yung galaw mo. Hindi naman siguro malaking adjustment yun kasi nakapag-stay ka naman din sa bahay mo ng matagal,” said the 38-year-old Yap.
“Kasi yun ang bottomline doon, yung mawawala ka sa family family mo for two months. So ang isipin mo na lang itong pandemic nakapag-stay ka naman ng how many months sa family mo na talagang bonding dahil hindi ka rin naman nakakalabas and family lang ang kasama mo.”
Yap is actually in an even tougher quandary as he left his family in Italy after returning to the country alone to get prepared for the resumption of the Philippine Cup.
The Rain or Shine veteran spent four months with his family in Italy.
“Kahit paano nakapag-bonding kami ng family,” said Yap.
But the call of duty meant that he goes back home as soon as possible in time for the projected Oct. 9 target of the All-Filipino conference re-opening.
At the moment, Yap is still undergoing the mandatory 14-day quarantine period after arriving from Europe, although the swab testing procedure done on him yielded a negative result.
“Kaso protocol kasi ng PBA kahit negative ka (sa testing) pero galing ka sa ibang bansa, kailangan mag-quarantine ka for 14 days,” he said.
At the moment, he’s trying to complete his quarantine period before finally rejoining the Elasto Painters in their daily workouts.
“Excited na nga sanang bumalik, pero kailangan nating sumunod sa mga protocols,” said Yap.