FIBA: Coach Jimmy Alapag has 3 Gilas players in Asian All-Star team
Paul Kennedy Lintag on Apr 01, 2020 12:11 PM
"Guys I had the opportunity to compete with and against through the years, and some of the best I ever saw," Alapag on Instagram, @jalapag3
Jimmy Alapag is an Asian basketball legend. If you build a team of all-time Asian players, one can't go wrong with the "Mighty Mouse."
But what if Alapag, who now goes by the name "Coach Jimmy" by the way, assembled his own Team Asia All-Star team?
Wonder no more because Alapag named his first five himself.
In an Instagram post, Alapag named former Gilas Pilipinas teammates Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood, and June Mar Fajardo to his team.
They all fought countless battles together and went to the FIBA World Cup in 2014.
Fadi El Khatib is also on Jimmy's team. The legendary Lebanese forward was a constant rival for Alapag in the national team starting all the way in 2007.
Another longtime rival in Jordan's Sam Daghlas completed Jimmy's team. Ironically, Daghlas played as an Asian import for TNT in the PBA 2015, although Alapag was already in the middle of his first retirement as a player then.
Like Alapag, Daghlas turned to coaching after his playing years. He had a stint coaching Jordan's national team.
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"These were my five picks," Alapag said.
"Guys I had the opportunity to compete with and against through the years, and some of the best I ever saw," he added.
Alapag also mention guys like China's Yao Ming and Japan's Rui Hachimura, but excluded them in his list because he never shared the court with them.
Who are your top-5 Asian players?
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