ABL: Alab Pilipinas has a 'dream team' in its coaching staff

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 16, 2018 08:38 PM
ABL: Alab Pilipinas has a 'dream team' in its coaching staff
Danny Seigle, Jimmy Alapag, and Eric Menk have 18 PBA championships between them

Alab Pilipinas will now have three Philippine basketball legends in its coaching staff for the upcoming 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League.

When “Mighty Mouse” Jimmy Alapag was named head coach a year ago, “Dynamite” Danny Seigle joined him.

Now, they will also have “Major Pain” Eric Menk by their side.

As it turns out, this is a tale of better late than never. “I almost joined them last year, but I was busy with some things. It was a bit of a tough decision but I can only say no to Jimmy so many times and even more when management joined me as well,” Menk shared in the league’s preseason press conference on Tuesday at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay.

And so, the reigning and defending champions in the ABL will now have three coaches with a combined 48 years of experience in the PBA – and, more than that, a combined 18 championships.

Just imagine if they were still at the peak of their powers and they were the ones playing?

At some point, they themselves already have. “We always used to talk about that. I think the three of us would have worked very, very well on the court,” Menk said.

Alapag could only agree. “You know, not a bad team. They would’ve made my job pretty easy because I’d just give the ball to them,” he said.

Unfortunately, that may very well be already a long shot as Menk is already 44, Seigle is already 42, and Alapag is already 40.

What matters more now, though, is that these three Philippine basketball legends impart their wisdom to Alab Pilipinas.

And that is exactly why Alapag never quit on recruiting Menk. As the former put it, “From all our times competing against each other and even our brief time playing for the national team, he was always one of the players whom I had an incredible amount of respect for what he did in the league, his work ethic, and how he carried himself.”

He then continued, “But what a lot of people don’t know is he’s a great basketball mind. He’s very, very knowledgeable about the game and I think his ability to not just work with our big guys, but really, our entire team is gonna be big for us.”

For his part, Menk just wants to do what they weren’t able to do as players – get together and win a championship now as coaches. “We couldn’t form a ‘dream team’ while we were playing, but hopefully, we can form a ‘dream team’ while coaching,” he said.

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