Former Gilas Pilipinas team captain Jimmy Alapag is willing and ready to take on the head coaching post of the national team in case the hot seat is offered to him by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.
The 41-year old current assistant coach of the San Miguel Beermen stressed that he is already familiar with the kind of pressure that goes with the said position.
“I would be ready. I think that job offers a unique opportunity, but it also comes with a huge, huge responsibility,” said Alapag during the press launch of the East Asia Super League Terrific 12 last Tuesday in Macau.
“We all know how passionate we are for the game of basketball. But just as every other 99.9 percent Filipinos, I share that same passion,” added the 2011 PBA MVP.
The post became vacant after Yeng Guiao stepped down just days after the national team finished dead last in a field of 32 in the recently concluded 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
If ever he gets the ‘call’, Alapag believes the burden of resurrecting the state of the country’s national basketball team doesn’t fall on one person alone.
“If ever that were the case, we’ll see, but I honestly wouldn’t want to go to that position by myself. I think whoever is the future coach will need help going forward especially since we’re hosting the 2023 FIBA World Cup,” said the 6-time PBA champion.
“I don’t think in our country’s talent is a question. It’s just a matter of getting the most out of that talent and being able to play in that level once you get to the World Cup,” added Alapag.