Retired Barangay Ginebra guard Jayjay Helterbrand has a spot in the Gin Kings coaching staff.
But the half of the legendary “The Fast and the Furious” tandem with Mark Caguioa won’t be seating beside head coach Tim Cone at the Gin Kings bench any time soon.
“Coach Tim and the Ginebra management offered me a coaching assistant spot on the team already, but I kindly declined it for now, because I really want to spend more time with my family,” said the 41-year-old guard Friday during the Gin Kings’ thanksgiving party and fans day held at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Helterbrand formally announced his retirement a few days after the Gin Kings retained their Governors’ Cup throne against Meralco in a grueling Game 7 battle witnessed by a record crowd of 54,086 inside the massive Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan two months ago.
A direct hire of Ginebra back in 2000, Helterbrand helped the Gin Kings win six championships and his partnership with Caguioa thrilled Gin Kings faithful not only with their fast-paced and exciting plays but also because of their passion and never-say-die spirit.
The 2009 PBA Most Valuable Player joined his former teammates to celebrate their back-to-back Governors’ Cup conquest and to give thanks to the ‘Kabarangays’ unwavering support.
Asked for the definite time when he will assume the offered spot, Helterbrand said, “In the future – I don’t know when, but if it’s still available and if they’re still going to allow me, I’d definitely want to come back.”
For now, Helterbrand wants to enjoy his first few months of retirement and make up for the lost time with his family in the States.
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