MPBL: Helterbrand never says die as career continues now in Imus Bandera
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 13, 2019 07:06 PM
Playing for the Ginebra Legends rekindled JJay Helterbrand's passion to play ball
Jayjay Helterbrand was nearly two years into his retirement from professional basketball.
The keyword being, was.
That's because the Ginebra franchise icon has decided to play ball once more, this time in the MPBL with the Imus Bandera.
And those about to enjoy watching "The Fast" back in the basketball court can thank the UNTV Legends Cup for this development.
"I was playing with the legends group and I think that got my juices flowing," he told reporters in the MPBL Lakan Cup's opener last Wednesday. "That made me think I can play again."
Indeed, judging from what he has been doing with the Ginebra Legends, Helterbrand still got game. In fact, he even put up a triple-double in their rivalry game opposite the Purefoods Legends last February.
The now 42-year-old made it clear, however, that he has never lost his love for basketball. "Actually, I still got the passion for the game. Just to make it simple and sweet, I just miss playing," he said, talking about his decision to suit up yet again.
Helterbrand also made it clear, though, that of course, he is far from 100 percent just yet. "As of now, I've only had one practice under my belt. This ain't no joke because you're going to be running up and down the court so there's no way I can be able to keep up after two years," he shared.
He then continued, "But it's a long season so hopefully, I can get in shape slowly and surely."
Yes, make no mistake about it, the Gin Kings' legend is in Imus to stay. "I'm here for the long haul," he expressed.
And he is nothing but grateful for the Cavite-based team for this brand new opportunity. "They were all very supportive. They welcomed me with arms wide open so I'm really excited to play and be part of Imus," he said.
For that, Helterbrand promises to do nothing but repay the Bandera's trust. "I told the other guys that I'm just here to help the younger guys. I just want to be a good example to them and guide them," he said.
He then continued, "Whatever I can add on the court itself is just a bonus."
Jayjay Helterbrands makes his MPBL debut later at 9:00 p.m. against the Caloocan Supremos. Kapamilyas all over the world will be able to witness it on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant.
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