27 August 2015

Danny Ildefonso Officially Retires After 17 years

Danny I Retires
Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) legend, former two-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) and five-time Best Player of the Conference (BPC) Danny "Raise The Roof" Ildefonso has finally called it quits.

The 38-year old power-forward, who was an intimidating force in the shaded area during his long stint with San Miguel Beermen, informed the press about his decision to finally step-down from the professional league.

The 6-foot-6 slotman was informed by the Meralco Bolts about their intention to rebuild its roster using younger players. The move will start by signing 6-foot-7 Rabeh Al Hussaini and 6-foot-6 Justin Chua. Al-Hussaini was reported to be on the return path and seeks to gain respect from the league after debuting in 2010 for the defunct Air 21.

"Nag-usap kami ni coach Norman (Black) at sinabi nga niya na plano nilang mag rebuild. Mabuti na rin at nalaman ko ‘yung plano nila from him since balak ko na rin talaga mag-retire. Hinitay ko lang muna ‘yung sasabihin niya baka kasi kako may plano pa sila para sa akin," Ildefonso was quoted by the Philippine Star

The center from Urdaneta, Pangasinan added that, "Sobra-sobra na 'yung 17 seasons. Masaya ako sa nagging career ko and it’s timeto focus naman sa family ko lalo na sa mga anak ko."

Ildefonso is best remembered during his championship run with the Beermen, who together with Danny "Dynamite" Seigle and Olsen Racela were nearly impossible to stop in their prime years. He also spearheaded National University (NU) Bulldogs’ campaign in the late 90’s and was a close rival of another former PLA player Rommel "The General" Adducul.

Ildefonso served the national team multiple times in the past and was known for his "Raise The Roof" monicker.

The 38-year old veteran had a career average of 10.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists in the PBA starting 1998 up to the present. He also averaged 29.2 minutes per ball game.

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