Veteran playmaker Jimmy Alapag of the Meralco Bolts will retire in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) after 14 years in the league.
Meralco team manager Paolo Trillo said on Thursday that the five-foot-seven Alapag would join the Bolts’ coaching staff headed by coach Norman Black when the PBA Season 42 Philippine Cup opens on November 20.
“We are very thankful to Jimmy (Alapag) for playing with us. He already decided to retire because his body feels it,” Trillo told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Thursday. “Jimmy will join our coaching staff this coming season. We are grateful that he brought us to the finals last conference.”
The Bolts lost to the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings in the last PBA season.
“It’s been an amazing 13 years but turning 39 next month and having left everything that I had on the basketball court, it’s time to walk away for good,” Alapag said in a video he released via Youtube.
Alapag, who was the 10th overall pick by Talk ‘N Text in the 2003 PBA rookie draft, spent 12 years with the Tropang Texters before transferring to Meralco in 2015. He was a member of the Philippine men’s basketball team in various campaigns.
He made history after being named best PBA three-point shooter of all time last conference. His record of 1,250 treys surpassed Allan Caidic’s 1,242. Alapag, with Talk ‘N Text won six titles. His name was also included in the league’s 40 Greatest Players.