Gilas hero Ranidel de Ocampo announces retirement

  • The 38-year-old big man has bid goodbye to his Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) career on April 13
  • He penned a public statement which he posted on Twitter to confirm his retirement
  • He was part of the national team who finally reached the FIBA Basketball World Cup for the first time after years-long drought

Filipino cager Ranidel de Ocampo, a former Gilas Pilipinas mainstay who helped the national team get back to the international scene few years ago, has announced his retirement from the professional league.

Image by Ranidel de Ocampo via Instagram

The 38-year-old big man, who is more popularly known as RDO, has bid goodbye to his Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) career om April 13 after a fruitful 16-year stint.

“At 38, with the guidance of the Lord and my family, I am now announcing my retirement as a professional basketball player,” de Ocampo said in a statement he posted on Twitter. “I can now spend more time with my family,” he added.

Before he thanked all the coaches and teammates, including the fans and friends, who had been a part of his basketball career, he shared how basketball, from being a sports he only enjoy to watch, became his career.

“At first, I only saw basketball as a sport that I like to watch. It has never crossed my mind that it will become one of the biggest part of my life,” he shared. “I started playing serious basketball at the age of 14…Because of basketball, I successfully fulfilled my dreams and gained so much lessons and values.”

Image by Ranidel de Ocampo via Instagram

“I was able to represent and fight for our country and entertain basketball fanatics…I thank the Lord for giving me a great and fruitful career,” de Ocampo said before “signing off.”

De Ocampo is a force to reckon inside the court who had six championship titles, two finals MVP plums, a Best Player of the Conference Award, and two silver medals in the FIBA Asia Cup under his belt.

During his stint, he played for FedEx/Air21 Express, Talk ‘N Text, and Meralco. He has suited up for the Philippine basketball team for years and was part of the squad that broke the curse of the Philippines over South Korea to finally reach the FIBA Basketball World Cup.