by Waylon Galvez
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel guard Jayjay Helterbrand has called it quits as he announced his retirement from playing in the PBA following an illustrious 17-year career with the Kings.
Helterbrand, the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2009, yesterday bared his decision on CNN Philippines’ Sports Desk, just three days after he won his sixth title with Ginebra.
“I’ve had a great career, I have no regrets whatsoever,” said Helterbrand, who became a member of Ginebra in 2000 as the team’s direct hire Filipino-Foreigner – a rule the league used to implement at that time.
“I think this is the perfect time for me to hang it up, on my own terms,” added the 41-year-old Heterbrand, who also won five titles with the team, including the 2007 Philippine Cup where he won Finals MVP.
Helterbrand initially sounded of a possible retirement in the middle of the 41st Season, but when he played a crucial role during the team’s title campaign during the 2016 Governors’ Cup, Ginebra management opted to give him another contract for one year.
This season, however, Helterbrand’s number plummeted career lows of 0.8 point per game. During the finals of the PBA Governors’ Cup, he played in only two games for the Kings.
Helterbrand, a two-time Best Player of the Conference (BPC) and a seven-time member of the All-Star team, finished with career averages of 8.4 points with 2.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists.
According to Helterbrand, one of the reasons that made him decide to retire is health. Although he has no injury at the moment, he doesn’t want to leave the game of basketball due to injuries.
The retirement of Helterbrand also likewise ended his partnership with longtime teammate Mark Caguioa, who joined the team in 2001, as they formed a deadly duo backcourt known as “The Fast” and “The Furious” among diehard supporters of Ginebra.
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