The legend of The Mighty Mouse will continue on abroad.
Jimmy Alapag and his family are set to fly out of the country to Los Angeles, California on Tuesday evening.
It was the uncertainty in the country that led Alapag to head back to the States.
“With so much uncertainty around the world, you know, and here in our country — especially from a sports and basketball landscape — it’s something that we’re thinking about,” Alapag told 2OT some weeks ago.
Alapag leaves with wife LJ Moreno and three kids Ian Maximus, Keona Skye, and Calen Asher.
The family recently revealed that they lost their fourth child to miscarriage.
In the States, the 2011 PBA Most Valuable Player and head coach of Alab Pilipinas will try to chase the NBA dream.
“I have reached out to my contacts from Sacramento and other people I know around the NBA, the G-League, to see what opportunities there might be. We don’t know yet what direction will go, but the feedback I’ve gotten has been very very positive. We’ll see,” Alapag told Coaches Unfiltered several months back.
Things will be different in local basketball without the perpetual Gilas skipper, though.
Over the past few days, the 42-year-old all-time great bid farewell to his friends and loved ones. And they returned the favor by paying tribute to the legend on social media.
“Thank you for everything. Thank you for taking me under your wing — I wouldn’t be where I am now if not for your trust and help. No goodbyes, we’ll see you soon! Miles apart, but always family by heart,” shared Alab assistant coach MC Abolucion.
“Thanks for being my best talent and for the sincere friendship through the years. You’ll forever be family to me. Will miss our fun times with Alab Pilipinas,” expressed long-time agent Charlie Dy.
But the most heartbreaking message came from a friend of Alapag, Louie Ang.
“The Philippines is losing a hero today. I wish our country could have given back as much as you had given to us.”