Jimmy Alapag moves back to the United States to start anew

Gilas Pilipinas legend and former PBA most valuable player, Jimmy Alapag headed to Los Angeles with his family for good, his agent confirmed on Tuesday.

/ 17 September 2020

The confirmation was made with his long time agent, Charlie Dy.  According to him, the PBA Mighty mouse has left the local basketball scene and is on a flight with his wife LJ Moreno, and their three children Ian Maximus, Keona Skye, and Calen Asher.

Having a little bit of taste of coaching in the NBA last year where he joined the Summer League, coaching staff. The San Bernardino, California native has been eyeing for a possible coaching career overseas and to chase his NBA dream.

“With so much uncertainty around the world, you know, and here in our country—especially from a sports and basketball landscape—it’s something that we’re thinking about,” Alapag confessed in the 2OT live some weeks ago.

The prolific point guard played with Talk ‘N Text ever since he was the 10th overall pick in the 2003 PBA Draft. 

He continued his legacy in helping Gilas Pilipinas in representing the Philippines which conquered the basketball scene winning silver medals in the Fiba Asia Championship and Philippines’ return to FIBA World Cup in 2014. 

He also toke-home silver and gold medals as part of the coaching staff, three golds from the Southeast Asian Games in assisting Gilas, and two silvers from PBA in assisting San Miguel Beerman.  

Immediately after his stellar basketball career was over, he served as a coach for Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League that steered them to a championship in 2018. With his departure, the coaching spot is currently vacant.

As soon after the news spread of his departure, friends and colleagues paid him well-wishes and heartfelt messages on social media. 

Charlie Sy posted on social media, “Thanks for being my best talent and for the sincere friendship through the years. You’ll forever be family to me,” 

“Thank you for everything. Thank you for taking me under your wing — I wouldn’t be where I am now if not for your trust and help. No goodbyes, we’ll see you soon! Miles apart, but always family by heart,” expressed Alab assistant coach Mac Cuan “MC” Abolucion.

Boatloads of farewells and see you soon are also delivered by Alapag’s Friends and loved ones on social media.  

“I just want to say thank you for being a mentor, a friend, and most importantly a father figure to me. Thank you for inspiring me to be better on and off the court,” TNT and former Alab Player, Bobby Ray wrote in his Instagram account.