MANILA — Jimmy Alapag is retiring from basketball, and this time, it is for good.
The Meralco guard publicly announced his retirement from the game on Thursday.
In a blog on the YouTube channel of fellow PBA veteran Eric Menk, the “Mighty Mouse” said, “I’m here to announce that I won’t be coming back for the next PBA season.”
Evaluating his illustrious career, which was highlighted by six titles, all with TNT, the 2003 Rookie of the Year award, the 2011 MVP award, and the “best point guard in Asia” tag during the late 2000’s and the early 2010’s, he added, “It’s been an amazing 13 years, but [I’m] turning 39 next month, having left everything that I have on the basketball court.”
Alapag jumped out of his first retirement to join the Bolts, who entered their first finals appearance in the Governors’ Cup, where he was able to move past Allan Caidic as the league’s all-time three-point leader while molding Baser Amer and Chris Newsome’s rookie careers.
“To be part of that process for our team is very special…. Thank you, guys, for believing in me and giving me an opportunity for one last ride,” Alapag continued.
For the fans, he reassured, “This isn’t goodbye…. I look forward to helping the next generation of players in our country.” Ivan Saldajeno/PNA-northboundasia.com