Ex-teammates wish Jayjay Helterbrand best in MPBL campaign
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 14, 2019 01:36 PM
"He is going to be the same leader he has always been. He is going to bring that same game to that team and for sure it is going to be a lot of fun for them," - Joe Devance on Jayjay Helterbrand (Photo courtesy of MPBL)Imus Bandera-Khaleb Shawarma/GLC's signing of 17-year PBA pro Jayjay Helterbrand sent shockwaves to the Philippine basketball scene, and as the tested several-time champion made his successful Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Lakan Cup debut on Thursday, June 13, his ex-teammates have sent Helterbrand their messages of support.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel point guard LA Tenorio said:
"I wish him luck. I still see Jayjay playing. He can still play. He is fit to play. I think ginawa niya yun for the fans. Fans are really looking forward to see him play. I wish him well sa career niya sa MPBL and sana injury-free. Yun naman ang gusto natin. Makapaglaro siya nang maayos and makapagpasaya siya ng tao. Sana marami pa siyang ma-inspire na player sa ginawa niya."
Tenorio and Helterbrand became teammates when Tenorio was traded from his previous ball club in 2012.
Import and PBA champion Justin Brownlee said:
"I like to see him coming back to play. A talent like him, I still think he has a lot left in the tank. I miss him a lot but I am proud of and happy for him. He loves the game of basketball and this is another opportunity for him to play. He has been missing it so I am happy for him."
Forward Joe Devance said:
"I am very excited. I am very proud of Jayjay. I thought it was going to be the end of his basketball career but to see him resurrect himself, he really loves the game that's why it's hard for him to be away. I'm sure he is going to do well in that league. The league is doing well, and making a lot of noise right now. I am happy for him."
Helterbrand started in his debut game for Imus against the Caloocan Supremos-Victory Liner and helped the Bandera to a pulsating 78-75 overtime win over the home team at the Caloocan Sports Complex.
The six-time PBA champion had an all-around performance of 14 points including 3-of-5 from three-point range, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, and a block in 30 minutes of action.
All three see Helterbrand becoming a leader for Imus, with his championship experience, basketball IQ, and never-say-die attitude being of vital help for the Bandera's Season 3 campaign.
"He is going to be the same leader he has always been. He is going to bring that same game to that team and for sure it is going to be a lot of fun for them," said Devance.
"Jayjay is a fighter. Sila ni Mark (Caguioa) ang epitome ng never-say-die. I am sure, madadala niya yun sa Imus. And of course, fan-favorite yan eh," said Tenorio.
"From what I've seen before he retired, he's still got some speed and he definitely can still score. But I think at this point of his career, his IQ is off the charts and unbelievable," said Brownlee.