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Alapag to meet with Kings after successful Summer League coaching stint

Martin Mendoza
Alapag to meet with Kings after successful Summer League coaching stint

CHAMP AGAIN. Jimmy Alapag celebrates his Summer League title win with the Sacramento Kings.

NBA SUMMER LEAGUE

With a Summer League title under his belt, Jimmy Alapag hopes he’s now closer to being part of the Sacramento Kings’ coaching staff for the NBA regular season

After helping the Sacramento Kings capture the NBA Summer League title on Tuesday, August 17 (Wednesday, August 18, Manila time), former PBA superstar and Gilas Pilipinas captain Jimmy Alapag is set to meet with the Kings’ front office this weekend.

Alapag, 43, was part of the coaching staff of the Kings, who went undefeated in the Summer League, together with head coach Bobby Jackson, Doug Christie, and Lindsey Harding, among others.

“I have a meeting this coming weekend with the [Kings] GM Monte McNaire, [director of basketball operations] Paul Johnson, and coach Bobby,” Alapag told the Power & Play with Noli Eala program of Radyo Singko. 

“We’ll see what happens… they just said they want to talk again,” he said.

The recent Summer League was only Alapag’s second stint as an assistant coach for the Kings after first joining the team in 2019.

Alapag believes he had a more “engaging role” this time in the Kings’ summer campaign.

“I think the biggest difference for this second time around was I think I had a much more engaging role as an assistant coach,” said Alapag.

“In terms of game preparation, in terms of scouting, in terms of the video, it was awesome to have an active voice with coach Bobby and the rest of the staff,” he added.

With a Summer League title under his belt, Alapag would like to think he had left a good impression on the Kings’ front office, and he hopes he’s now closer to being part of the Kings’ coaching staff under Luke Walton for the NBA regular season.

“I hope that they got the chance to see not only the type of coach I am but the type of person that I am as well. Someone who takes a lot of pride in the game and values the opportunity that I do get, someone who’s ready to come in and work every day,” said Alapag, a former Alab Pilipinas champion coach in the ASEAN Basketball League.

“That’s always been the foundation for everything that I’ve done from my time playing to now making this transition to coaching.”

“I’m excited to hear what they have to say and we’ll go from there,” he added. – Rappler.com

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