Former international Ranidel de Ocampo, who retired from the game less than three months ago, returns to TNT KaTropa, this time as one of his assistant coaches.
TNT KaTropa team manager Gabby Cui announced the hiring of De Ocampo, who played for the TNT franchise for nine years to 2017 and was part of his most glorious reign in the PBA, winning a total of six championships.
"Coach Ranidel brings us a wealth of championship experience and basketball knowledge that will definitely help our team achieve our aspirations for another championship," said Cui, referring to the hard-nosed 6-foot-7 striker who Two finals most won valuable player trophies and was an all-star nine times. De Ocampo has spent the last two seasons with Meralco, an injury-stricken stint where he made a career shortly after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
De Ocampo is also suspended just a week after TNT KaTropa released the controversial Tab Baldwin, who was fined 75,000 pesetas and one with the PBA for comments that the league deemed disadvantageous Three-game lock has been taken. Baldwin said the PBA's import policy was a mistake and accused the league referees of favoring imports.
TNT strengthens its coaching lineup by improving its squad as the squad grows more talent, youth and size for a first championship since the Commissioner & # 39; s Cup in 2015 and in an effort to stop the juggernaut of San Miguel Beer , has used the Filipino Cup – a goal that most teams have achieved in this closed season.
The KaTropa landed Poy Erram in a complex deal with Blackwater and NLEX, while the second security guard Ray Parks signed a new deal.
Simon Enciso was also acquired in an Alaska trade, while rookie Kib Montalbo supported the rotation of the back room. TNT still has Jayson Castro, who had one of his best seasons last year when the KaTropa reached the playoffs in all three conferences.
Guard Roger Pogoy said the team is looking forward to a more productive campaign with its newly loaded roster.
"We practiced very well how to go to All-Filipino," said Pogoy in an episode of the 2OT podcast.
“We have adapted very well. Ray Parks only came in the Governors' Cup, so we didn't have much time with him last season. "
The Filipino Cup was banned after only one game due to the coronavirus pandemic. INQ
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