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Changing Of Guards: A James Yap-Paul Lee Retrospective

The last time we'll be seeing them in their maiden uniforms
by John Paulo Aguilera | Oct 13, 2016
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On Thursday, September 13, the local hoops community was turned upside down following news of a blockbuster trade involving the Star Hotshots' James Yap and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters' Paul Lee.

This comes after Globalport Batang Pier's Jay Washington was swapped for another Elasto Painter in JR Quiñahan. The ROS dismantling began when it was reported that head coach Yeng Guiao is set to handle the NLEX Road Warriors next conference.

Going back to Yap and Lee, both University of the East alums have been with their maiden teams until the stunning exchange; the former since 2004, and the latter 2011.

While there had been plenty of considerations before the deal was sealed—such as the Lee-thal Weapon's injury history and Big Game's age (34)—we have yet to see how the switch would impact new their teams and careers. Surely, it will take time before fans of both players to get used to this development.

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In loving memory of Yap the Hotshot and Lee the Elasto Painter, we prepared a combined mixtape of the two superstar guards in the uniforms we had been used to seeing them in.


The man wasn't dubbed the Man with a Million Moves for nothing.

Yap the San Mig Coffee Mixer will go down as one of the biggest thorns in the Barangay's throat.

You know you're something special when a rather simple breakaway dunk trends.



Had it not been for his slew of health concerns, this highlight reel could have been longer.

Another thing that the Angas ng Tondo has been known for are his clutch plays. (Just ask the 2014 Chinese basketball team at the FIBA Asia Cup.)

All the more reason for his well-deserved Finals MVP award during ROS's recent championship run.


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