Alapag learning a lot with "first class organization" Kings
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 04, 2019 12:19 PM
Screenshot from SAC vs. GSW, 2019 California Classic
Jimmy Alapag says he continues to learn a lot in his role as a coaching assistant on the Summer League team of the "first class organization" Sacramento Kings.
In an interview with ABS-CBN North America bureau chief TJ Manotoc, the San Miguel Beermen assistant and Alab Pilipinas head coach said his first week with the NBA team has been "amazing," adding, "I've been amazed at how efficient everything is run, from the preparation, from practice, leading all the way up to the games.
"It's really a science in terms of the assistants and even us helping in our own way."
Alapag got the opportunity from Kings president Vlade Divac, as the two are both members of the FIBA Players Commission.
"Whether you're a player or a coach, you're always learning something," said Alapag. "I think this opportunity will let me continue to grow and stretch as a coach, now that I'm making this transition."
Sacramento finished with a 1-2 record in the California Classic, which they hosted at the Golden One Center. Up next for the team is the Las Vegas Summer League, which will feature all 30 NBA teams, plus the national squads of China and Croatia.
"Obviously it's a much bigger pool with all the NBA teams involved," Alapag acknowledged. "Again I'm just excited to see these people continue to grow...fighting for a spot in training camp, and ultimately, fighting for a spot on an NBA roster. So to be able to help in that capacity, it's a lot of fun."
Luckily for Alapag, it turned out he's not the only Pinoy there, as one of the other invited coaches is Fil-Am Jessica Roque, an assistant for the Ryerson University women's basketball team.
"I was shocked [to see here], but again, us Filipinos represent all over the world," exclaimed Alapag. "It's awesome to have Jessica here. She's a great young coach as well...so it's cool to have a fellow kababayan here in Sacramento to just go through this experience."