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Why Meralco traded for RDO, according to coach Norman Black

Currently a contender for the Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup crown, the Meralco Bolts made a bold move on Monday after trading for veteran forward Ranidel de Ocampo in a three-team deal involving sister team TNT and Phoenix.

“We’re doing well this conference even without Ranidel. What more if we will have him?” said Black who once coached TNT.

Ranidel de Ocampo. Sports5 photo
“He played for me before, so I know what he can bring to the table. More than his experience and his skill set, we felt that we need more floor spacers so that any time Allen Durham gets double teamed, we have people who can shoot from the perimeter and that’s one of the things Ranidel can provide for us.”

De Ocampo will also help Meralco when it plays without an import. In the past two Philippine Cups, the Bolts finished at the bottom of the standings.

“We didn’t do well in the last two all-Filipino tournaments and we felt that we need to strengthen our frontline to improve our chances in the all-Filipino,” Black said.

Author: Rey Joble, Interaksyo
Full Article: http://www.interaksyon.com/why-meralco-traded-for-rdo-according-to-coach-norman-black/

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