TNT’s Ranidel de Ocampo says attitude problem led to Denzel Bowles’ dismissal

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In a sudden twist of fate, powerhouse TNT was left searching for an import a day before the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup gets going.

And veteran big man Ranidel De Ocampo is hoping the KaTropa could find nothing less than a “better” replacement to one-time Best Import awardee Denzel Bowles who was given the pink slip Wednesday due to “personal issues” by TNT team management.

Bowles played for a pair of tuneup matches with TNT against Mahindra and Phoenix, but has reportedly struggled to deal with his attitude problem that caused the KaTropa to be alarmed.

Even De Ocampo, toning it down as best as he can, attested to that, saying: “Siguro masyado lang siya naapektuhan nung nawala siya sa Star.

“Gusto niya makabalik. Kaso sa kagustuhan niyang makabalik, marami siyang iniisip. ‘Yung kalaban niya mentally talaga. Parang hindi na niya nakayanan, nai-stress siya. Pati kami nadadamay. Kaya kailangan na niya umuwi.” – FOX Sports Asia