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De Ocampo jokes as challenge on LeBron goes viral: I made him popular

/ 10:12 PM September 06, 2017

INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin Vardeleon

Ranidel de Ocampo is already a household name in basketball crazy Philippines.

Then he went global over the weekend after taking part in LeBron James’ highlight video during his Strive For Greatness Show in Manila.

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In the video that went viral, de Ocampo was seen trying to give James a dose of his own medicine as he attempted a chasedown block on the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar’s patented Statue-of-Liberty dunk during an exhibition game.

“Actually, I really wanted to challenge him, but I had already jumped when I realized that I won’t be able to get to him. But at the same time, I was okay to be included on his poster,” said the veteran forward.

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“If you look at it, I made a lot of people laugh. I’m sure my face was able to reach different places in the world and I think I made LeBron popular,” De Ocampo added in jest.

Aside from the video that was shared by top websites in the US, a photo taken by the Inquirer’s Sherwin Vardeleon also made rounds on social media.

The picture appears to show de Ocampo mirroring James from behind as the three-time NBA champion went for lift off.

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Even de Ocampo’s former longtime teammate with TNT, Jimmy Alapag made fun out of it.

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