MANILA, Philippines – Jimmy Alapag could have left the country with his family and continue his coaching career in the US, but his impact and contribution to Philippine basketball will never go away.
On Tuesday’s flight to Los Angeles, the rain of Alapago, one of the country’s best and most respected athletes, poured out.
“Good luck @ jalapag3 🇵🇭 🏀 🇺🇸 Thank you for being my best talent and for a sincere friendship over the years. You will be my family forever, ”his agent Charlie Dy announced on social media.
“I just want to say thank you for being a mentor, a friend and, most importantly, a figure of a father. Thank you for inspiring me to be better on the field and beyond. You really define what greatness is, ”TNT defender Ray Parks wrote on Instagram.
Parks were an integral part of the Alab Pilipinas team, managed by Alapag, which won the ABL title in 2018.
“I will continue to listen to the words of your wisdom and try to be as good as possible. I wish you the best in your next chapter and pray for safe trips for you and your family. One love, coach. #Winnerswin.
The uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic played a major factor Alapago’s decision to move to the US and explore possible options.
Born in San Bernardino, California, the Fil-American goalkeeper was Talk ‘N Text’s 10th choice in 2003. PBA projects.
Alapagas, whose former teammates and peers also wished him the best of luck on social media, won six championships with TNT and was a double-final MVP. He was also named MVP of 2011.
In addition to an ornate PBA career, Alapag also consolidated his help as Gil Pilipin to win two silver medals as one of the greatest security guards wearing national colors. Fiba Asia Championship and return to the Phiba World Cup.
The 42-year-old Alapag also had considerable success as a coach, winning three gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games as an assistant with Gil and two PBA titles, as well as an assistant with San Miguel Beermen.
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