For the second time in his career, Jimmy Alapag has decided to hang his sneaker – this one for good.
Alapag, the league MVP back in 2011, announced his retirement via the official YouTube channel of his good friend Eric Menk as he reiterated that he wont be coming back for another season with Meralco.
“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 talk away for good,” said Alapag, who played for the Bolts the previous season, in the video post that was published last Thursday.
The player known as the ‘Mighty Mouse’ in the PBA, Alapag initially retired following the 2014-15 Philippine Cup after playing for the TNT Katropa, his team since 2003.
After serving as team manager of TNT, Alapag’s competitive drive and the opportunity to mentor young players in Chris Newsome and Baser Amer lured the ace guard to return with Meralco.
Meantime, PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa, in Seoul, South Korea for the annual Board of Governors planning session, confirmed the trade sending swingman Paolo Taha from Globalport to Barangay Ginebra San Miguel for Franklin Bonifacio and Dennice Villamor. Also set to pass the scrutiny of the Commissioner’s Office is the proposal that would reunite former Purefoods player Aldrech Ramos, how with Mahndra, with his Star teammates for Alex Mallari.