Jayjay Helterbrand officially announces his retirement from the PBA after 17 years in the league.
“Yeah, that will be my last game as a player”, the former PBA MVP and other half of Brgy. Ginebra’s The Fast and The Furious confirmed last October 29, 2017 in an interview at Sports Desk in CNN Philippines.
“This is one of the most special ones for me because it’ll probably be my last as a player,” Helterbrand refers to the recent 2017 PBA Governor’s Cup Finals, where his team Barangay Ginebra won the championship.
The fan favorite Ginebra guard said he already talked to the management. He said they support his decision and will be there for him even after his career is over.
— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) October 30, 2017
For now, Helterbrand plans to take a break from basketball and spend more time with his family. He’ll come back soon once he misses the game. According to Quinito Henson, “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”.
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
Summing up his basketball career, Helterbrand is a Six-time PBA champion, 2x PBA Best Player of the Conference, 7x PBA All-Star, 2x PBA Mythical First Team and the PBA Most Valuable Player 2009.