TAB Baldwin is clueless on what the future holds for injured forward Ranidel De Ocampo as far as his stint with Gilas Pilipinas is concerned.
The Gilas coach said except for exchanges of a few text messages, he hasn’t been in touch with the do-it-all national player amid reports that De Ocampo is mulling an end to his international career following the back injury he suffered in gym training last month.
“Until he tells me, I have no comment on that,” said Baldwin when asked about the matter shortly after Gilas concluded its second practice during its once-a-week training session for the coming Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
De Ocampo’s agent and representative Charlie Dy earlier bared that he and the veteran forward already talked about giving up his spot with the national team, in the belief that his non-stop, year-round stint for Gilas and in the PBA largely contributed to the freak back injury he suffered.
Dy however, didn’t mention whether the 33-year-old product of St. Francis College would skip or still play in the Olympic wildcard qualifier, where he was named by Baldwin as part of the 17-man training pool of Gilas.
The native of Tanza, Cavite is now undergoing therapy to strengthen his back but won’t be back in action at least until late in January.
“He’s getting better, that’s all I can say,” said Baldwin. “But in terms of what his future will be, I don’t know. I don’t know if he can make it back to whatever level he makes it back to, I’m not sure.”