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James Yap Hangs The Boots As An Elasto Painter

The Future PBA Hall of Famer steps away from professional basketball following a legendary 20-year career.
James Francisco

James Yap has stepped away from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) following Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters’ Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinal exit, culminating a 20-year-long career in the league. The 40-year-old guard-forward previously signed two one-conference contracts in 2023, appearing in 10 contests and achieving a record-tying 17 all-star appearances.

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“After much prayer and reflection, I have decided to end my journey as an Elasto Painter. I have truly appreciated all those who have supported me during this time and thank you for making me part of your family for seven years,” mentions the future PBA Hall-of-Famer.

“I also want to extend my gratitude to the [Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters] management for graciously approving my request for release and allowing me to move forward to begin the next chapter in my life. I will always be grateful for this team, for all the memories, and for the lessons we went through together. 🙏🏀,” he adds.

Recording six PBA Most Valuable Player Awards (including four PBA Finals Most Valuable Player), together with seven league championships, Yap’s role in the backcourt supplemented the rise of the Magnolia Hotshots (formerly known as the San Mig Super/Coffee Mixers), claiming the franchise’s 10th championship during the 2013’s Governor’s Cup and a Grand Slam in the following year. 

An inductee of the league’s 40 greatest players of all time, he averaged 14.8 points per game, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 744 contests.

Yap’s iconic No. 18 eyes immortality, as the franchise reportedly plans to hang his jersey on its rafters, commemorating his legendary career and his decision to step away from the hardwood.

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