SAYING goodbye to a powerhouse team like San Miguel isn't easy, but at least David Semarad is comforted by the thought of a reunion with a familiar face at TNT.
"I'm just happy I'm joining a team with my brother," he said of twin brother Anthony, a day after word leaked out that Semerad, Brian Heruela and a 2020 San Miguel first-round pick were traded to TNT for disgruntled scorer Terrence Romeo.
According to PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon, the Semarads are set to become the first twins to team up in the pro league since Jing and Noli Aldanese played together at Great Taste in the PBA's inaugural season in 1975.
That somehow eased the pain of parting for David.
"I've been in San Miguel for four years and winning six championships with them, being here for a long time, we became a family," said the 27-year-old forward. "But this happens. It's part of this sport and when I found out, I really had mixed feelings."
The Semerads now aim to replicate their success from their San Beda days in the NCAA.
"I'm excited to play with my brother. It's been four years since we played together. We've grown up from San Beda, and now going in the same professional team together, it's exciting," he said.
"All our years in San Beda, we won championships together. So we're coming back together again, we just have to wait and see. It's gonna be exciting to play together again."