IT seems so hard to walk away from the game after winning a championship.
Jayjay Helterbrand insisted he has yet to make up his mind on his future, although he admitted he can’t end his career any better than winning a PBA championsihp the way Ginebra did it on Wednesday night at the expense of Meralco in the Governors’ Cup.
“I’ve never said it was going to be my ‘one last ride,’” Helterbrand said. “I just said I’m not sure what’s going to happen. I’m still not sure.”
“But if this is the way it ends, you can’t script it any better,” he added. “It’s awesome. It’s kind of like when Michael Jordan took that last shot and he ended it with a championship. But instead of me taking the shot, Justin Brownlee took the shot for us and for the whole barangay. All glory goes to God.”
Helterbrand won a fifth championship with Mark Caguioa as the lone remnants of the last Ginebra to team that won a league title in the 2008 season, making it all the more special.
“This is special because me and him, we’ve been through so much together with this organization and I just want to thank the management throughout our whole career,” Helterbrand said. “And what a better way to show how much we appreciate them by giving all that we have in winning a championship.”
Helterbrand, who turned 40 last week, also became only the third player in his 40s to win a title after Robert Jaworski and Mon Fernandez.
“That’s awesome company,” Helterbrand. “I don’t know whether to be offended or what. I’m just joking. It’s been a heck of a birthday week for me.”
Helterbrand ended by thanking the Ginebra faithful for undying support.
“You, guys, have inspired us throughout the years when we were winning or losing, and now, we’re on top again. This is for you, guys.”