Tyler Lamb says Alab to benefit from coach, Gilas ‘legend’ Alapag

After leading Thailand to a bronze-medal finish in the just-concluded 2017 Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball, Thai-American Tyler Lamb admitted there’s no rest for the weary as he focuses his attention on the upcoming 2018 Asean Basketball League season.

The athletic Lamb said he’s determined to improve on his craft and hopefully, be able to come out stronger as the Hong Kong Long Lions defend their ABL title when the 2018 season begins this November 17.

“One of the things I’m working on is my body to be in the best shape I can be. I’m really focused on investing in myself this offseason, pretty much working on everything,” the 26-year-old Lamb said in a chat with FOX Sports on Monday.

While Lamb showed his explosiveness in Thailand’s narrow loss to Gilas in the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, before capping it with a 16-point effort in the Thais’ 65-55 win over Singapore for the bronze last Saturday, the former Long Beach standout isn’t contented with where he is at this point.

“I’m not where I want to be or even close, and honestly, I came up short of a few goals I set for myself, so the motivation is at an all time high,” he stressed.

But the sweet-shooting Lamb also knows the Long Lions have a big target on their backs come the 2018 ABL season, with the threat coming from Alab Pilipinas, which just recently named former Gilas playmaker Jimmy Alapag as its new coach.

“I think Jimmy Alapag will be a great addition to Alab and he will have them ready for a good ABL season,” shared Lamb, named the 2017 ABL Heritage MVP.

“He is a legend and has a lot of experience and the players will learn a lot under his coaching.”

Lamb and the Long Lions owned Alab in the 2017 season after beating them three times in their four head-to-head encounters in the regular season. 

The 6-5 Lamb averaged 18.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.5 steals for the Long Lions, who beat the Singapore Slingers, 3-1 in the Finals to capture the 2017 ABL championship.

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