MANILA, Philippines -- Jimmy Alapag hailed a fellow PBA legend on Tuesday as he celebrated the career of Ranidel de Ocampo.
De Ocampo announced his retirement on Monday night after a 16-year career in the PBA, the last two of which saw him limited by various injuries. While he most recently played for the Meralco Bolts, de Ocampo played the bulk of his career with the TNT franchise, where he and Alapag won a slew of titles.
Addressing de Ocampo as a "former teammate, great friend, and brother," Alapag congratulated the big man on his "Hall of Fame career."
"You revolutionized the 'stretch 4' position with your ability to post up, attack above the rim, and consistently hit shots from 3," Alapag said of de Ocampo, who retires as a six-time champion and a two-time Finals Most Valuable Player.
More than his on-court achievements, however, de Ocampo should be commended for his leadership and work ethic, according to Alapag.
"Always one of the first guys in the gym, and last to leave," Alapag said. "And still knowing when to keep things light with the jokes when we all needed them."
"The game will miss you Del!"
De Ocampo has yet to announce his next move, although he hinted that he would like to pursue a coaching career.
On the 2OT podcast, where he made his formal announcement, he said: "Kung merong team na gusto nila ako mag-coach, pwede naman. Tutulong lang sa coaching staff."
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