BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER: Intal, Kramer still lifting up one another

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 01, 2017 05:04 PM
Intal, Kramer still lifting up one another
FLOCK TOGETHER. From Ateneo to Phoenix, JC Intal and Doug Kramer have got each other's backs.

Doug Kramer is doing really good almost three months since his heart scare.

Of course, right there by his side through it all were his wife, three daughters, and son.

Along with his girls, however, there was also Kramer’s bro who has got his back from when they were in college up until now.

When the 33-year-old was traded to Phoenix in the offseason, it signaled some sort of a reunion with JC Intal. The two served as the core of Ateneo de Manila University’s contention in the UAAP in the mid-2000’s.

“No doubt, he has been a big help,” Kramer said, talking about his fellow former Blue Eagle. “This is really special now because 10 years ago, we entered this league and then we’re together again.”

Intal and Kramer were taken fourth and fifth overall, respectively, by Air21 in the 2007 PBA Draft. They were then both traded to Ginebra in 2009 before making their names elsewhere.

And now, they have been reunited. For Intal, that’s nothing but a good thing as he said, “Nakakatuwa kasi ilang years na kami sa PBA and ngayon, magkasama na ulit kami. Everyday, nagkikita kami tapos yung families namin, close din.”

He then continued, “I’m looking forward na magkasama na ulit kami ni Doug (on-court) this January.”

In the eyes of “The Rocket,” there is no doubt that his good old friend will be in full health once he returns to action. As he put it, “Doug is a tough guy. Every since nakilala ko yan, malakas ang loob nyan.”

He then continued, “He’ll be okay, he’s super okay now. Makikita niyo na pagbalik niya, hopefully, nandun pa rhythm ng game niya.”

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