TNT hires Ranidel de Ocampo as new assistant coach

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 29) – Former Gilas Pilipinas stalwart Ranidel de Ocampo returns to the Philippine Basketball Association ballclub where he spent his best years as a professional basketball player, this time as an assistant coach.

The recently-retired De Ocampo has been named the newest member of TNT KaTropa’s coaching staff, team manager Gabby Cui confirmed to CNN Philippines on Monday.

“Coach Ranidel brings us a wealth of championship experience and basketball knowledge that will definitely help our team reach our aspirations for another championship,” said Cui in a message.

De Ocampo shone the most in his playing years with the Manny Pangilinan-owned franchise, where he played from 2008 to 2017.

The 38-year-old De Ocampo won six championships in his stint with TNT, where he was named Finals Most Valuable Player twice.

It was also during his time with TNT when De Ocampo became part of the Gilas Pilipinas national men’s basketball team, highlighted by the country’s return to the FIBA World Cup in 2014 after 36 years, and the silver medal finishes in the 2013 and 2015 FIBA Asia Championships.

Among De Ocampo’s individual accolades during his KaTropa years are Best Player of the Conference of the 2014 PBA Governors’ Cup, PBA Mythical First Team from 2012-2014, and PBA Mythical Second Team in 2015.

He previously played for the FedEx/Air21 franchise from 2004 to 2008 and another MVP-owned ballclub Meralco Bolts from 2017 until his retirement this year.

TNT KaTropa is hoping to end their five-year title drought, having won their last PBA title in the 2015 Governors' Cup when De Ocampo was still part of the lineup.