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MANILA, Philippines – Ranidel De Ocampo has retired from his basketball career after 15 seasons in the PBA.
De Ocampo, one of the best strikers of his generation, announced his surprise on Monday in the 2OT podcast by Carlo Pamintuan and Magoo Marjon.
"Paalam na sa basketball. Talagang naging buhay ko na ang basketball simulation 14 years old ako, ”said De Ocampo. “Nagpapasalamat ako kay Lord na binigyan niya ko ng magandang career. Siguro time na na matapos na yung pagiging player. Ibang landas naman tatahakin natin. "
(Goodbye basketball. Basketball has been my life since I was 14 years old. I thank the Lord for giving me a wonderful career. I think my time as a player has expired. [and] Go on one another trip.)
38-year-old De Ocampo had numerous injuries at the end of his PBA career playing for the Meralco Bolts, including recurring back spasms in the Governors & # 39; Cup 2019.
Although De Ocampo is still not ready to hang up his sneakers, he said that his health problems led to his sudden retirement.
"Marupok na eh. Wala na. Although, hindi ko pa naa proclaim, doon na rin ako papunta eh. Magre retirement na. Lagi akong nai-inj eh kaya siguro ito na yung [time] para magpahinga na sa basketball, ”said De Ocampo, who included the veteran star, a former Gilas Pilipinas teammate, Marc Pingris, on the show.
(I am already battered. I can no longer [play]. Although I have not yet announced it, I am already going there and retiring. I am always injured, so this is probably the time to take a break from basketball.)
When asked whether to retire or play at least one other conference, De Ocampo has cleared his time, especially that his contract with the Bolts had already expired at the end of last season.
"Ito na, kasi wala na akong kontrata eh. Itong nakaraang na season yun na yung last na contract ko. ”
(This is because I no longer have a live contract. My last contract was ended last season.)
De Ocampo, the fourth choice in the 2004 PBA draft, had it all – size, lethal indoor and outdoor play, and gracious attitude.
He won six championships with the Talk & # 39; N text franchise and was twice named Finals MVP and once the best player at the conference.
The 6-foot-6 De Ocampo also had a celebrated international career with two silver medals in the Fiba Asia Championship 2013 and 2015 and a World Cup stint in 2014 as an integral part of Gilas.
De Ocampo said he would make an official announcement on his social media accounts.
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