WHETHER Jimmy Alapag will come out of retirement for national duty or not will depend on the turnout of players attending the practice of Gilas Pilipinas under coach Tab Baldwin.
The retired Gilas star has been joining the drills with the lack of players since training camp opened last Wednesday.
A total of 18 players are part of the pool — 16 PBA players, amateur Troy Rosario, and naturalized big man Andray Blatche, but only 13 attended training on Monday night with June Mar Fajardo, Marc Pingris, and LA Tenorio still out.
Kelly Williams also suffered a freak knee injury after stepping on a wet spot right in the early moments of practice. The veteran Talk ‘N Text big man was later taken to the hospital for an MRI.
“Jimmy’s here to help us out,” Baldwin said. “And I think when you see our numbers growing, then the answer to that (come out of retirement question) is no.”
“But if our numbers dwindle for whatever reason, like Kelly falling out tonight or the players we hope to come in can’t come in, then he’ll keep training and it’ll be my decision in the end whether we think he can help us.”
Apart from Baldwin’s decision, Alapag will also have a say on the matter.
“I guess it will be his decision too whether he will say yes or not,” Baldwin said. “Right now, he’s helping us as a training body.”