PBA, Gilas great Jimmy Alapag leaves Philippines for Los Angeles

Jimmy Alapag won his first-ever title with Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League. ASEAN Basketball League

PBA and Gilas Pilipinas legend Jimmy Alapag is moving with his family to the United States, agent Charlie Dy said Tuesday.

"Good luck @jalapag3," Dy said on Facebook. "Thanks for being my best talent and for the sincere friendship through the years. You'll forever be family to me."

Dy told ESPN5.com that Alapag boarded on a 9 p.m flight to Los Angeles together with his wife LJ Moreno and their three children Ian, Keona and Calen.

"[The move is] permanent for now," said the agent, who had earlier cited uncertainties brought by the coronavirus pandemic as the reason for Alapag and his family's departure. "It's sad, but I'm wishing him the best. I'm sure he'll find a better opportunity there."

Alapag, a dual citizen born in San Bernardino, California, was drafted with Talk 'N Text's 10th overall pick in 2003 and went on to craft a Hall of Fame career that ended in 2016.

Aside from leading the franchise to six of its seven championships, Alapag, a former Rookie of the Year, also bagged an MVP award in 2011, the same season he won his two Finals MVP awards and his lone Best Player of the Conference award.

Alapag was also named an All-Star 11 times, made the Mythical First Team thrice and retired with the most threes made in league history.

While playing for Gilas Pilipinas, Alapag won a silver medal in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship and also led the team in their foray in the 2014 World Cup. He also won two golds in the Southeast Asian Games and another FIBA Asia Championship silver as part of the national team coaching staff.

As a coach, Alapag in 2018 won his first-ever title with Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League.