Latest Stories

In Huddle

Lassiter injury part of the game–James


MANY people who have not seen James Yap for sometime agree that he has lost considerable weight since they last saw him.

Personally, it was with some amount of envy that I complimented him on his tiny waist and fatless torso, not to mention his flawless skin.

“Is that compliments of Vicki Belo?” I asked James when he, Snow Badua and I got together last weekend during the birthday celebration of former senator and now swimming advocate Nikki Coseteng at her La Vista home in Quezon City.

James shook his head.

“Cathy Valencia,” he said, leaning forward to give us a better view of his porcelain-like skin. Then he grinned.

James said there had been no conscious effort to slim down. He is not on a diet, and neither is he having extra physical exercises.

* * *

“Your waist is really so tiny you look more like a dancer than a basketball player,” butted in Snow, as he shifted the subject to Petron Blaze cager Marcio Lassiter, who was injured in the last Petron-San Mig Coffee game.

“Do you feel guilty?” he asked James, who figured in a collision with Lassiter.

The Petron recruit was thrown off the floor and landed on his back. He was rushed to the hospital and went through a three-hour battery of tests. A hairline fracture on his spine was later detected.

The doctors assured Lassiter and his team that, although the injury involved the spine, it was not serious or career-threatening.

* * *

“Without deliberately intending to harm, accidents happen,” James said. “It’s all part of the game. Hindi ko naman sinasadya ’yun (There was no intention on my part to harm him). Marcio is my friend. He used to practice with us before. I hope he gets well soon and returns to action.”

James heaved a sigh of relief when the doctors gave Marcio a clean bill of health and permission to travel.

Snow said Lassiter left for the United States recently for the Christmas holidays.

In Game 1 of the semifinal round between San Mig Coffee and Rain or Shine, it was James’ turn to get injured.

But he wasn’t limping or complaining of any pain when he walked into the Philam Homes Clubhouse on West Avenue to regale the press and the fans who were waiting for him during my birthday celebration. If he didn’t make an appearance that night, I would understand.

But he made good his commitment, tired as he was and maybe even depressed because his team lost that night. That, I must admit, was touching.

* * *

That same night, one of the hot topics was Barako Bull’s new coach who, according to a scribe, was likely to be Pido Jarencio.

“He’s in the short list and he fits the Barako profile,” the scribe said. “As we speak, I heard that he’s meeting with a Barako official.”

The short list includes Ato Agustin, Frankie Lim and Boyet Fernandez.

One of them will replace Bong Ramos, who took over Junel Baculi’s old job on an interim capacity.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

More from this Column:

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Basketball , James Yap , PBA

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. Vietnam says it will not host Asian Games
  2. Pacquiao back in PH, heads home to wife, kids
  3. Manny Pacquiao in PBA? If so, he’ll wear No. 17
  4. Duke freshman declares for NBA draft
  5. Power Pinays smash India in Asian Women’s Club volleyball opener
  6. Freddie Roach: I’m satisfied; Manny Pacquiao did well
  7. Federer would skip tennis to be with wife, newborn
  8. Nadal passes clay landmark with 300th victory
  9. Ginebra’s new import Freeman arrives, makes PBA return vs ROS
  10. After Pacquiao, BIR chief Henares runs after boxing fans
  1. ‘Mommy D’ steals show as son fights
  2. Pacquiao wins unanimous decision vs Bradley to reclaim WBO title
  3. Pacquiao: I’m ready for Mayweather bout
  4. Manny Pacquiao: I’ll have everything back
  5. Mommy Dionisia explains ‘vodoo’ act vs Bradley
  6. Pacquiao punching power ‘way harder’ in first fight—Bradley
  7. Wrestling star Ultimate Warrior’s cause of death revealed
  8. My ideal weight is 140, declares Pacquiao
  9. Pacquiao ‘strong, faster’ for tiff
  10. Pacquiao survives sneaky haymaker in 4th round
  1. ‘Mommy D’ steals show as son fights
  2. Pacquiao wins unanimous decision vs Bradley to reclaim WBO title
  3. Pacquiao: I’m ready for Mayweather bout
  4. Mayweather surprise visitor to Bradley camp
  5. Bradley won’t last distance– Peñalosa
  6. Manny Pacquiao: I’ll have everything back
  7. Mommy Dionisia explains ‘vodoo’ act vs Bradley
  8. Pacquiao punching power ‘way harder’ in first fight—Bradley
  9. Wrestling star Ultimate Warrior’s cause of death revealed
  10. Tapering off: Pacquiao already at 147 lb


  • Pakistan library named ‘bin Laden,’ as memory fades
  • US teacher fired over comment on black president
  • Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
  • Title of new Hillary Clinton book: ‘Hard Choices’
  • Filipinos, Dutch re-enact crucifixion of Christ
  • Sports

  • Nadal ousted by Ferrer in Monte Carlo quarters
  • Pacquiao shorts in Bradley fight sold for P1.7M in LA auction
  • Ryu pitches Dodgers past Giants
  • Alonso sets the pace in Chinese GP practice
  • Heat seek Three-peat but Spurs, Pacers top seeds
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Myx TV premieres Asian American ‘docu-series’
  • A nutty finale for ‘Scandal,’ TV’s craziest show
  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Business

  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Barbie doll has a problem
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Las Vegas ‘Pinoy Pride’ fest hails Filipino heritage
  • Marking Jesus’ journey on Good Friday
  • Filipina accomplice arrested for fake bills in Malaysia
  • DoH denies Filipino nurse no longer positive for MERS virus
  • WHO warns vs spread of MERS-Cov, urges vigilance in taking precautions
  • Marketplace