JIMMY Alapag showed up for San Beda’s practice on Tuesday, but the Red Lions were quick to deny that he is set to be included in the coaching staff of the five-time defending NCAA champions.
Alapag's surprise appearance at the San Beda campus immediately fuelled speculations he would eventually be named as one of the assistants of head coach Jamike Jarin upon his retirement from the PBA.
The Gilas Pilipinas hero, who has ended his international career, has expressed his desire to move to a coaching job once he ends his playing career.
The Talk ’N Text star nicknamed ‘The Mighty Mouse’ has previously said he is open to lending a hand to Gilas Pilipinas by being a part of the coaching staff, if he will be asked by head coach Tab Baldwin to help out.
But better hold that thought.
Jarin said the Gilas Pilipinas captain was at the San Beda practice simply to work out since Talk ‘N Text has made an early exit from the Philippine Cup, and at the same time help the Red Lions in training.
“Tumutulong lang,” Jarin told Spin.ph. “Personally, tumutulong siya sa akin dahil very close ako kay Jimmy.”
“In-invite ko rin to work out with the team. Okay lang naman kasi wala pang practice ang Talk ’N Text,” the newly-installed San Beda coach added.
To show that he wants to help out in the long run, Alapag has committed to show up in San Beda's practice more, if his time permits, according to Jarin.
“Sinabi naman niya sa mga bata na sisipot siya if his schedule allows it,” said Jarin, a former assistant coach of Talk ‘N Text before moving to Meralco.
Though the Red Lions are not bringing in the Talk ’N Text guard in any official capacity, Jarin admitted he would definitely love to have Alapag in the coaching staff sometime in the future when the 37-year-old finally calls it a career.
Jarin, a former national youth coach, said Alapag will be a big boost to the college kids looking for guidance and inspiration at this point of their basketball career.
“Malaking tulong siya especially with the likes of Baser Amer and the others. Gusto ko rin matulungan ’yung mga bata na they will be guided by the best,” said Jarin, who took over the Red Lions job after Boyet Fernandez moved to NLEX in the PBA.