Jayjay Helterbrand officially retires from the PBA
Jayjay Helterbrand, the 2009 PBA MVP and one half of the famous Ginebra backcourt tandem of old, is making his retirement from the PBA official.
Jayjay Helterbrand is officially calling it a career.
Helterbrand, the 2009 PBA MVP and one half of the famous Ginebra backcourt tandem of old, is making his retirement official as confirmed by Quinito Henson Monday.
Barangay Ginebra guard JayJay Helterbrand has decided to hang up his sneakers in the PBA ... he's been offered an assistant coaching position with Ginebra but JayJay said he'll take a break from the game for a while to make up for lost time with family ... Ginebra offered to retire his jersey and JayJay is so thankful but he said he'll wait for backcourt partner Mark Caguioa to retire so their jerseys can be honored together ... JayJay said he wants to spend more time with family in particular 22-year-old daughter Keana who just graduated from Denver University and 18-year-old daughter Jalyn who's a senior high school student ... JayJay said his cherished moments in the PBA were his 6 championships not so much the individual honors ... what a way to end a 16-year PBA career with the Governors Cup title clinched before an all-time record crowd of 54,086 at the Philippine Arena ... JayJay said he has no immediate plans of going back to the US and eventually, he'll decide whether to settle here for good with his family or relocate his family in one state ... JayJay said he's grateful to San Miguel Corp president Ramon Ang and Ginebra PBA Governor Alfrancis Chua for their support and offer to do a company-related business in his retirement ... JayJay said he'll continue to be around because his heart will always be with Ginebra, PBA and the Philippines! @pbaconnect @jayhelterbrand @barangayginebra
The Fast will walk away from the PBA having won six championships with the Gin Kings, the last one being the 2017 Governors' Cup which the team just defended Friday against the Meralco Bolts in front of a record crowd at the Philippine Arena.
According to Henson, Ginebra offered Helterbrand an assistant coaching job but the 16-year veteran says that he'd like to take a break from basketball for a while to spend time with his family.
The Gin Kings also offered to retire his no. 13 jersey but Helterbrand said that he would rather wait for Mark Caguioa to also retire to they can get the honor together.
The Helterbrand-Caguioa tandem, known as the Fast and the Furious to fans, carried the Ginebra franchise all throughout the new millenium.
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