PBA: Helterbrand after masterful trip-dub: “I need an ice bath”
Paul Lintag on Feb 17, 2019 11:21 PM
Helterbrand’s masterful performance naturally comes with talks that he should have never retired in the first place. But the 42-year-old insists he’s done and he’s not coming back.
Jayjay Helterbrand never lost a step.
Playing his first organized game of basketball since his 2017 retirement, the man they call the Fast dazzled Sunday during the PBA Legends Return of the Rivals at the Big Dome.
Helterbrand led Brgy. Ginebra to a Manila Clasico win over Purefoods, putting up a 21-point, 10-rebound, 11-assist triple-double.
Yep, still got it.
“Oh man, it feels good. It’s really an honor to be able to play on the court with all the legends man. Just the stories I’ve heard in practice, getting a chance to be coached by the legend himself and be able to play for a good cause, that was fun,” Helterbrand said of the whole experience.
“I was in awe trying to absorb everything. I didn’t really plan on playing that hard, but I didn’t want to let them down. I came out there and I wanted to get that win for them,” he added.
Helterbrand’s masterful performance naturally comes with talks that he should have never retired in the first place.
But the 42-year-old insists he’s done and he’s not coming back.
Sorry, Ginebra fans.
“I don’t think so, that was just for fun. Na-ano lang ako sa energy, and I didn’t want to let the team down,” Helterbrand said.
“I think I pushed myself a little bit over the limit, ang sakit na ng katawan ko. I need an ice bath now,” he added.
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