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    Thanks to sound investments, Denok Miranda feels secure despite losing PBA job

    Aug 11, 2016
    PBA veteran Dennis 'Denok' Miranda and kids Chris Paul and Dwyne James visit the family's piggery in San Juan, Batangas.

    DENNIS 'Denok' Miranda has quietly slipped out of the PBA radar a few months ago.

    But he's not panicking.

    Thanks to sound financial management during his career as well as some investments, Miranda is secure despite finding himself without a PBA team last June after Tropang TNT bought out the final 14 months remaining in his contract.

    “Wala na akong team ngayon, na-buy out na ng Talk 'N Text yung contract ko, sinabihan ako nung June kaya ever since hindi na ko naglalaro,” said the former Far Eastern University star, now 34.

    Miranda, however, feels he has saved enough during his 11-year career to be able to take care of his family. He has also invested well, beginning with a piggery he put up in in San Juan, Batangas, near the hometown of his wife Joan.

    “Sobrang thankful ako sa sarili ko kasi hindi ako masyadong nagluho nung araw, inuna ko talaga ang pag-iipon,” said Miranda, who played for Coca-Cola, Sta. Lucia, San Miguel, Petron, Barako Bull, GlobalPort and Talk 'N Text in a journeyman career.

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    “Tapos yung time na naglalaro pa ko sa San Miguel, mabait si (SMC big boss) Mr. (Ramon) Ang, kasi binigyan ako ng business, 'yun nga 'yung piggery ko ngayon under siya ng Monterey (Food Corporation),” he added.

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    Currently, Miranda revealed that he is now taking care of 1,260 fattener hogs, which are endorsed to Monterey for slaughter and consumer distribution.

    “Okay naman na ko sa business ko, kaya kahit wala na akong team, secured na ako at family ko. Yun din ang pinaghandaan ko nang matagal sa eleven years ko sa PBA. Alam ko di habambuhay ang basketball,” he said.

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    The pride of Lopez, Quezon bared that though he has no regrets in a career that saw him win championships in the UAAP with FEU, in the PBL with Welcoat and Viva in the PBA with Sta. Lucia and Petron, he is still hoping for one last run so he can properly bid the league goodbye.

    “Hindi ko pa rin sinasara ang pintuan ko sa basketball, bata pa naman ako. Kahit siguro supporting role sa backcourt, kaya ko pa ibigay,” said Miranda.

    “Gusto ko lang siguro magkaroon ng maayos na closure sa career ko, kasi gusto kong kahit papano, pag nawala ako, malalaman ng fans. Yung ngayon kasi parang bigla na lang ako nawala. Parang wala ring nakapansin,” he added laughing.

    But if this is the end for his PBA career, Miranda said he is secure with his legacy which, he hopes, will be carried on by his two basketball-playing sons Chris Paul and Dwyne James, who this early have shown a lot of promise.

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    [See Denok Miranda's sons Chris Paul and Dwyane James wow 'em with dribbling wizardry]

    “Hindi man ako makabalik sa PBA, umaasa ako na balang araw, babalik ako bilang bantay na ng mga anak ko. Sobrang natutuwa ako kasi nakikita ko, maganda naman ang future na naka-abang sa kanila. Tinutukan ko kasi silang maigi,” he said.

    The two are are now members of the Dela Salle-Zobel Under-12 and Under-10 varsity teams.

    “Hindi ako nabuhay sa mga bar at gimikan, mas nagtuon ako ng atensyon at oras na makasama sila. Yung kasikatan at pera, nawawala yan eh. Pero yung kinabukasan ng pamilya mo, 'yan dapat pinaghahandaan at bantayan,” he said.

    His sons may soon become his biggest legacy in the sport.

    “Maraming tukso eh, sugal, casino lahat. Pero ako di ko man lamang nilaro sa isip ko ang pumasok sa ganun. Yung extra energy na natitira sa katawan ko after games and practice, ini-uukol ko sa pamilya ko. Ayun, lumaking close sa akin mga anak ko at hindi mababayaran ng pera yun.

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    “Ayaw ko kasi na bigla isang umaga magulat ako na malalaki na pala sila at di ko napansin. Masaya ako na na-maximize ko yung time makalaro at makasama sila habang bata pa,” he added.

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