FIBA: Alapag humbled and honored to be considered as next Gilas coach

By Paul Lintag on Sep 17, 2019 08:56 PM

Several names have been mentioned as possible replacements for Yeng Guiao as Gilas head coach and one such name has been that of Jimmy Alapag.

MACAU — Gilas Pilipinas has no head coach following Yeng Guiao’s resignation last week.

Several names have been mentioned as possible replacements and one such name has been that of Jimmy Alapag.

Alapag, who hit perhaps the most significant shot in Gilas history back when he was still playing, has seen the posts and comments on social media.

Coach Jimmy is honored to be mentioned but says that kind of stuff is way out of his control.

“It’s hard to comment because that decision-making process is out of my control. But I’ve seen the comments and it’s humbling,” Alapag told a handful of Filipino reporters here.

“It’s an abosolute honor. You all know how much the Gilas program means to me,” he added.

Coach Yeng’s resignation from Gilas came at the heels of the national team’s last-place finish in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Despite losing by a combined 147 points in China, Alapag says Gilas is still more than capable of competing against the world’s best, it’s just a matter of putting it all together overall.

The countdown for the national team is at four years as the country will be the main host of the 2023 World Championships.

“This last World Cup, it was tough. I think we all know it wasn’t our best performance and we’re capable of much better. It happens,” Alapag said.

“Rather than blame anyone or anything like that, it’s just a matter of how can we move forward and be better. We have time to prepare but that time will pass really fast so it’s gonna be important for whoever makes the decision that we understand what we want to do,” he added.

There’s no clear favorite on who will take over as head coach for Gilas Pilipinas.

But if Alapag gets the call, he’s ready to go.

“I would be ready,” he said.

“I think that job is a unique opportunity but it’s also a huge responsibility. We all know how passionate we are about basketball, I share that same passion. If ever that were the case, we’ll see,” Alapag added.


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