Former San Mig Coffee player and Air21 Express head coach Franz Pumaren saw basketball hero potential in Bimby Yap Jr., who recently displayed some hardcourt skills he could have actually inherited from his dad, multi-MVP awardee James Yap.
Bimby learned the fundamentals of basketball from Franz as well as Jeric and Jeron Teng – sons of another basketball luminary Alvin Teng, incidentally Franz’s former teammate.
“(Bimby has) very high basketball IQ. Akala ko nga almost every day siya naglalaro; hindi pala. Kung ipu-pursue niya maging basketball player, I think maganda ang future niya diyan,” Franz said.
Jeron shared, “At the start obviously naninibago pa si Bimby pero nasa kanya ’yung pagiging basketball player kasi genetics palang ang laki na ng kamay, ang tangkad na and mabilis siya matuto.”
Franz said it’s easier to teach Bimby because Kris Aquino’s youngest son shows strong interest in the sport. “Ang bilis niyang pumick-up,” Franz said of Bimby’s ball handling, including dribbling.
Franz also noted, “Kung sa passing, for his age, I was so amazed… Pinasubukan namin (nila Jeron and Jeric) na umatras kami ng onti and Bimby can easily pass the ball kahit medyo malayo kami. Napick-up din niya kaagad ’yung mga tinuro namin.”
He added, “(Sa) shooting, there’s always room for improvement dahil kagaya ng sinasabi natin sa age niya, dapat mga 8 feet lang ang goal. Pero in spite of that (higher goal), ‘yung form niya, medyo okay na. Umaabot pa rin ‘yung shot niya. Just imagine kung sa actual age group niya mas mababa ang goal, mas madali siyang mag-shoot.”
A fixture in James’ basketball matches, Bimby could have easily picked up playing techniques simply by watching his dad. While James would want his son to follow in his footsteps, he said in a previous interview that Bimby can freely choose his own career path someday. (MNS)