Summer League stint with Kings feels like “school” for Alapag

Paul Lintag on Jun 17, 2019 11:29 AM
Summer League stint with SAC feels like “school” for Alapag
Alapag, who also serves as an assistant for San Miguel Beer in the PBA, is set to join the Sacramento Kings’ coaching staff for the 2019 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Alab Pilipinas head coach Jimmy Alapag is getting the shot of a lifetime in the National Basketball Association.

Alapag, who also serves as an assistant for San Miguel Beer in the PBA, is set to join the Sacramento Kings’ coaching staff for the 2019 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Alapag’s specific role in the Kings’ staff is still unknown but the Mighty Mouse is ready to rock nonetheless.

“Excited. Obviously, it’s a good opportunity being around, you know, more great basketball minds. I feel very fortunate because all throughout my career I was able to be coached by some Hall of Fame coaches here in our country. So along those same lines, now getting a chance to be around more great basketball minds from around the NBA,” Alapag said of his Kings stint.

“I just wanna try to maximize this opportunity and this experience, and looking forward to being there and ready to get to work,” he added.

Alapag has some connections with Kings President Vlade Divac as both are members of the FIBA Players Commission. Divac is actually chairman of the commission.

Following the end of the last ABL season, the two got in contact and Divac ended up offering Alapag the Summer League gig.

Coach Jimmy wasnt’t going to say no.

“The conversation led to him, you know, understanding that I wanna continue to learn and grow as a coach. And once he offered, you know, the chance to go and be with their Summer League team, you know, I jumped on the opportunity,” Alapag said of Divac.

“It’s, you know, for me a once in a lifetime experience, and again, just excited to be out there and looking forward to it,” he added.

Alapag leaves for the US next week and as he prepares for the NBA Summer League, it almost feels like he’s going to school.

Based on what he’s done for his whole career though, coach Jimmy should have no problem returning to Manila with a grade of A plus.

“Again, this is my first time. So you know, this is almost like going back to school. But again, I’m excited and you know, it’s always a great opportunity to go abroad and represent our Philippine basketball,” Alapag said.

 

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