Jimmy Alapag has made history by becoming the first Filipino-born coach in the NBA. Alapag, who played 14 seasons in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), was promoted to player development coach for the Sacramento Kings on Friday.
Alapag’s journey to the NBA has been a long and winding one. He started his coaching career in the PBA in 2016 and then moved to the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) in 2018. In 2019, he joined the Sacramento Kings’ G League affiliate, the Stockton Kings, as an assistant coach.
Alapag’s promotion to the Kings’ NBA team is a testament to his hard work and dedication. He has quickly become one of the most respected coaches in the NBA development system, and his promotion is a major coup for the Kings.
Alapag’s appointment is also a significant moment for Filipino basketball. He is the first Filipino-born coach to reach the NBA, and his success will inspire other Filipino players and coaches.
In a statement, Alapag said he was “humbled and honored” to be promoted to the Kings’ NBA team. He said he was excited to “continue learning and growing” as a coach and “committed to helping the Kings win.”
Alapag’s appointment is a major step forward for Filipino basketball. He is a role model for aspiring Filipino players and coaches, and his success will inspire others to follow in his footsteps.