By Waylon Galvez
After 17 years, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel guard Jayjay Helterbrand is signing off from the ‘Fast and the Furious’ partnership with Mark Caguioa.
Helterbrand, the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2009, yesterday bared his decision to retire 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 Fil-foreigner – a rule the league implemented 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 Helterbrand, who was named Finals MVP during their successful in the 2007 Philippine Cup.
Helterbrand initially sounded off on his retirement plan in the middle of the 41st Season but was prevailed upon to stay after playing a crucial role during the team’s title campaign in last seson’s Governors’ Cup, with Ginebra management extending his contract for one more year.
His numbers took a plunge this season, however, and he played in just two games during the finals.
A two-time Best Player of the Conference (BPC) and seven-time member of the All-Star team, Helterbrand, who said maintaining his good health and well-being as factors in his decision, has compiled career averages of 8.4 points with 2.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists.
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