DIGOS CITY - San Mig Coffee superstar James Yap is ready to suit up, but Barangay Ginebra counterpart Mark Caguioa remains doubtful as two of the biggest names in the PBA today finally arrived here one after the other for the All-Star weekend festivities.
Yap is setting aside the pain caused by his hurting back in order to play for the All-Star team’s showdown against Gilas Pilipinas in the main event of the Annual All-Star game on Sunday at the Davao del Sur Coliseum.
Yap, who arrived Friday afternoon, has been bothered for the past two weeks by a recurring bad back.
The league’s two-time MVP was accompanied by San Mig Coffee physical therapist Arcee Cua to personally monitor the injured back of Yap.
“Lalaro naman ako, siyempre, para ito sa mga fans,” Yap told Spin.ph Saturday afternoon before working out at the Marco Polo Hotel’s Fitness Center.
Also arriving here was Barangay Ginebra star Mark Caguioa, who, unlike Yap, is still not sure whether to see action with the All-Star selection or not.
Caguioa came over on Saturday afternoon.
The league’s reigning MVP is still recuperating from an MCL injury on his left knee and has yet to see action in the Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.
If and when Caguioa decides to play even for just a few minutes, he’ll be teaming up with Yap for the first time in the All-Star game.
Yap, along with Talk ‘N Text guard Jimmy Alapag are seeing action in their 10th All-Star Game, joining Dindo Pumaren and Vergel Meneses in a small group of 10-time All-Star participants.
Alapag will be suiting up for Gilas Pilipinas
Only Alvin Patrimonio (12), Asi Taulava (12), Jerry Codiñera (11), and Dondon Hontiveros (11) had more All-Star appearances.
Last year in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, the 6-foot-2 Yap broke Samboy Lim’s 21-year old All-Star record of 42 points by erupting for 44 to lead the Veterans to a 176-144 win over the Rookies/Sophomores/Juniors squad.