HELPING the grassroots program of Gilas Pilipinas interests Jimmy Alapag so much that he would like to help the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) in this aspect.
No task has been given yet to the newly-retired cager on his new role as deputy to Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin.
But the former PBA MVP said he’s open in helping the grassroots programs of both Gilas Pilipinas and the SBP.
“I don’t know my role is yet. But again, I’m a basketball fan and I want to see our program for the grassroots, for the seniors team to continue to progress. Whatever I can do to help, that’s why I’m here,” said Alapag, who’s also the new team manager of Talk `N Text.
Alapag’s statements came following the appointment by the SBP of Baldwin as head coach of the Philippine team bound to the South East Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Championship and the Southeast Asian Games, both which are expected to be bannered by the country’s amateur and collegiate standouts.
SBP also announced that it is set to name a new coach to call the shot for the youth team, replacing Jamike Jarin, who has taken over the mentoring job at San Beda.
Baldwin was actually with Alapag on Thursday during the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup game between top teams Hapee and Cagayan Valley.
Alapag reiterated he still doesn’t know if he has any involvement with the teams seeing action in the SEABA, SEA Games, and the youth tournaments.
“As of now, I haven’t heard anything yet. It’s up to coach Tab and the SBP to decide how definitively my role would be,” said Alapag.
“Right now, it’s pretty early. I’ll just wait and see.”
Meantime, Alapag also shared to reporters his experience upon showing up during the Red Lions’ practice, saying he plans to help the team if his schedule permits.
“Coach Jamike is a good friend and a mentor. During the PBA break, he asked me to come down to San Beda and help out. I had the extra time to go there and help the kids as much as possible.
“It’s going to be tough (to go there again) with my team manager responsibilities with Talk ‘N Text and helping coach Tab with Gilas. If I have the time, I’ll go there because they are great kids,” said Alapag.