JIMMY Alapag felt coming out of retirement was still worth it despite Meralco falling short in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals against Ginebra.
Alapag admitted he initially thought his return this season was laid to waste after the Bolts finished dead last in the Philippine Cup, but the star playmaker was glad to be proven wrong after his team made a stunning transformation from cellar dweller into championship contender in the next two conferences.
“After that first conference, I'd be lying if I didn't say I'm not sure I came out of retirement for this,” Alapag admitted. “But I couldn't be more proud of this team, just coming from where we we at the bottom and fighting and scrapping every step of the way to give ourselves a chance to win a championship.”
“At the end of the day, that's what you want: an opportunity to compete for the championship and we did that,” he added. “I'm really proud of the guys … I don't even think ‘proud’ does that justice.”
Alapag believes the Bolts will sustain their rise the following season.
“Hopefully, this season will be the foundation for this team moving forward,” the 13-year veteran said. “Being last, getting to the semis, and now getting to the finals, hopefully, this would be something the team can build on moving forward.”
“Hopefully, we'll have the consistency year in and year out to get to the championship,” he added.
As for his own plans, Alapag remains undecided.
“Not sure as of yet,” the former MVP said. “I'll sit down with coach Norman (Black) and the staff and the management and to see what will be the next best step for everybody. Kind of hard to say right now, but I'm sure we'll be sitting down for the next week or so.”