Age doesn’t matter as De Ocampo still ‘best stretch four’ in PBA at 35

first_imgAt 35-years-old with a lot of mileage, Ranidel de Ocampo may not be the same player he once was, but Meralco head coach Norman Black thinks the veteran forward still has a lot left in his tank.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDe Ocampo, who was traded to the Bolts as the main piece of a three-team deal on Monday, is in his 13th PBA season and will turn 36 in December.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “I don’t really look too much on age. I believe Arwind is 35-years-old an he’s playing one of his best basketball right now,” Black, who shared four titles with de Ocampo at Talk ‘N Text, told INQUIRER.net Tuesday. Pumaren’s double duty for Adamson, GlobalPort up for discussion by PBA Board Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments “We’re not going to ask him to play 40 minutes for us, we just need him to play his role as a floor spacer and post-up.”Black also thinks de Ocampo can still play for “another four years if he wants to.”“I personally feel he’s not the type of player who depends on athletic ability. He is a very intelligent player.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Santos, who has been playing really well for the San Miguel Beermen this season, is actually 36.De Ocampo, who joined Meralco in practice for the first time Monday, was a star during his nine year stay with Talk ‘N Text where he won six championships and two Finals MVP awards.Black is convinced de Ocampo is still one of the best big men in the PBA.“Ranidel is still one of the best, if not the best stretch four in the league today,” he praised.The champion coach added he doesn’t plan on using de Ocampo for an extended period of time on the court. What Black expects from him is to do what he does best: Shoot 3s and post-up.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img

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