There is no need for an Asian import with fit-again James Yap, PJ Simon, and a deep Star squad, said STAR coach Jason Webb.
Webb expressed optimism that Yap can pick up from where he left off in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup as the Hotshots gear up for a championship run in the Governors’ Cup next month.
Yap took one-month-and-a-half of rest, therapy, and strengthening to get back to form.
“We’re hoping that he’s (Yap) closer to that shape again,” said Webb.
Yap had been able to attend all practice sessions since the Hotshots returned to camp last week.
Yap said he’s no longer feeling the pain of his injury although he has not fully recovered. He has not played in the Hotshots’ last four games, including two in the quarterfinals against the Beermen.
He also admitted that he feared he might’ve suffered a career-threatening injury but confident his thorough approach to recovery erased all his concerns about his injured calf.
Webb has reiterated that there is no need for Asian imports and would rather bank on Yap and the rest of their Filipino stars to support American import Marqus Blakely. “I’m a believer of our Filipino talent and I believe our locals, they can match up with any of the Asian guys.”