MANILA, Philippines -- Ranidel de Ocampo is returning to the team where he spent the bulk of his professional career -- but this time, in another capacity.
De Ocampo is now the newest member of the TNT KaTropa coaching staff, the team confirmed to ABS-CBN News on Monday.
This comes after De Ocampo retired at the end of the 2019 PBA season, where he played sparingly for the Meralco Bolts. De Ocampo played for the TNT franchise from 2008 to 2017, helping them win six championships.
"Coach Ranidel brings us a wealth of experience and basketball knowledge that will definitely help our team reach our aspirations for another championship," TNT team manager Gabby Cui said in a statement.
A two-time Finals MVP and a nine-time All-Star, de Ocampo was also the Best Player of the Conference in the 2014 PBA Governors' Cup. His ability to stretch the floor as a power forward made him one of the most versatile big men in the league during his prime.
De Ocampo was also a key player for the Philippine national team, and was a part of the squad that won silver in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship.
He returns to a TNT squad that is eyeing its first PBA title since the 2015 PBA Commissioner's Cup, where De Ocampo was the Finals MVP.
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