PBA star James Yap parted ways with Rain or Shine on Monday, January 29, as he looks to “begin the next chapter” of his life, ending the 7 years connection with the team.
The two-time PBA MVP, whose contract with the E-Painters concluded after their final game in the 2023-24 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, disclosed that the team has approved his request for a release.
“After much prayer and reflection, I have decided to end my journey as an Elasto Painter,” Yap announced on Monday, January 29.
“I have truly appreciated all those who have supported me during this time and thank you for making me part of your family for 7 years,” he added.
During his tenure with ROS, the team reached the quarterfinals and semifinals on multiple occasions, but those were the furthest stages they managed to advance to.
Still, the 2014 Grand Slam champion was appreciative of his stay with Rain or Shine.
“I also want to extend my gratitude to the team’s management for graciously approving my request for release and allowing me to move forward to begin the next chapter in my life,” he said.
“I will always be grateful for this team, for all the memories, and for the lessons we went through together,” he concluded.
The four-time PBA Finals MVP chose not to disclose his future plans, leaving uncertainties about whether he will continue playing with another team, retire, or explore other opportunities. This aligns with his earlier statement this month where he maintained silence regarding his next steps.
During his last stint with the Elasto Painters in the Commissioner’s Cup this season, Yap posted an average of 5 points and 1 rebound in three games.
Speculations have arisen about Yap potentially rejoining the Purefoods franchise, the team that initially drafted him, although these possibilities remain uncertain at the moment.
Yap secured all of his championships, season and finals MPVs, four PBA Mythical Team selections, an All-Rookie Team selection, numerous All-Star Game appearances, and recognition as one of the PBA’s 40 Greatest Players during his time with San Mig Coffee.
His most recent championship came in 2014, contributing to San Mig Coffee’s historic Grand Slam triumph.
Yap also ventured into politics during the 2022 elections, successfully winning a seat in the council of San Juan City’s 1st District with 21,247 votes.
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