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September 22, 2011Chris Kramer likes being close to his family and is a self-proclaimed picky eater.
Those always have been reasons why the former Purdue guard has been wary of continuing his professional basketball career overseas.
But Kramer is ready to try being independent.
Kramer signed a contract to play in W?g, Germany, for the s.Oliver Baskets in the 16-team Basketball Bundesliga League.
Kramer, who is from Huntington, Ind., is leaving on Friday and expects to be gone for at least six months. The league web site said the first game is Oct. 3.
"There was a time when I was going to have to man-up and go over there," Kramer said, "make some money and play this game outside of the States. There's no better time than when the NBA is in a lockout. It's a chance for me to make a name for myself and a chance for me to get rid of (the) 'he can just play defense' (label).
"I'm nervous but excited. It's a great opportunity."
Kramer said he turned down an offer to play in Spain thinking something better would come.
The result was the chance to play in the top league in Germany and be joined by at least six other Americans on the team - the roster on the team's site includes Northern Iowa's Ben Jacobson - and an American coach (John Patrick).
"It'll definitely be an adjustment, but having a lot of Americans there will help," said Kramer, who spent about a month in Puerto Rico this summer with the Guaynabo Mets.
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