MANILA, Philippines – Jimmy Alapag, one of the greatest players and leaders the PBA has seen, is retiring once again.
Alapag made the announcement on Eric Menk’s YouTube channel, saying it was time to “walk away for good.”
“I’m here to announce that I won’t be coming back for the upcoming PBA season,” he said. “It’s been an amazing 13 years.”
“But I’m turning 39 next month, and having left everything that I have on the basketball court, it’s time to walk away from good,” he added.
Alapag initially retired after last season but made a quick return, and was subsequently traded to the Meralco Bolts.
He helped the young Bolts reach their first-ever Finals appearance in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup, where they lost in six games to Ginebra.
“I think now that I’m walking away from the game, I think that the leadership and the passion, the heart that I played with for so long, I can now channel that to help mentor a lot of the younger players in the Philippines,” Alapag said.
Alapag retires as the PBA’s all-time leading three-point shooter, with 1,250 made three-pointers.
An 11-time All-Star, Alapag was the PBA MVP in 2011 and won six championships.
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