PBA: At 36 years young, Doug Kramer looks forward to a happy retirement
Paul Lintag on Nov 15, 2019 08:44 PM
“I’m looking forward to the next journey,” Kramer said as he retires from basketball. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
Following Phoenix’s win over Blackwater Friday to wrap up its campaign in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup, Doug Kramer has ended his 12-year basketball career.
Drafted 5th in the 2007 Draft, Kramer is choosing to retire at 36 years young.
“I’m looking forward to the next journey,” Kramer said.
“It wasn’t a spontaneous thing. I planned this for the past year and parang na-solidify yung mga plans ko the past few months,” he added.
In his last PBA game, Kramer finished with three points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes of play as a starter.
Doug says he can still play, but it’s time to give up basketball now to focus on other things.
“I’m very healthy, I’m very strong. Physically I can still take it, but parang naging notion na kasi for almost every basketball player na parang you wait until something’s really painful until you give up, until puro painkillers ka na lang? I’m not like that,” he said.
“At the end of the day, I’m still very young. I’m 36. I still wanna do so much. I have plans with my family. It’s gonna be a nice retirement,” Kramer added.
As he walks away from basketball, Kramer says his 2012 run with Powerade is up there in his list of favorites.
Seven years ago, the Tigers went all the way to the Philippine Cup Finals as a no. 8 seed.
His one and only title, the 2015 All-Filipino with San Miguel Beer, is also a favorite for Kramer.
“Winning the championship with San Miguel is up there,” Doug said as he remembers his career.
“The Cinderella team with Powerade. That’s what I remember the most. The no. 8 seed going all the way [to the Finals]. We didn’t make it but grabe, the odds that were against us,” he added.
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