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Jimmy Alapag back on Kings bench for 2021 NBA Summer League

Paul Mata

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BACK ON BOARD. Jimmy Alapag joins the Kings for another coaching tour of duty.

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Since moving to the US with his family, former Philippine basketball stalwart Jimmy Alapag has been looking to pursue a coaching career in the NBA

Jimmy Alapag will once again be joining the bench of the Sacramento Kings for the 2021 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas that starts Sunday, August 8 (Monday, August 9, Manila time).

This will be his second stint with the Kings for its Summer League games after joining the team back in 2019.

According to a Twitter post by NBC Sports reporter James Ham, the Kings will have former NBA player Bobby Jackson as its Summer League head coach. 

Davion Mitchell, the 2021 first round draft pick by the Kings, is the headliner for the team alongside Alex Antetokounmpo, the youngest sibling of recent NBA Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Alapag left the Philippines together with his wife and kids back in September 2020. The family is now based in California. 

The former Alab Pilipinas head coach and Gilas Piipinas stalwart had initially sent feelers to NBA teams with the hopes of joining them. The second stint with the Kings is a step towards his hopes of joining an NBA franchise.

He was already seen on the Kings bench during the the California Classic, a two-day basketball showcase held at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California which serves as a lead-in to the Summer League.

The 16th NBA Summer League will be held at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. All 30 NBA teams will be participating for the third straight time and each team playing five games. 

The Kings won the Summer League title back in 2014. – Rappler.com

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