MARK Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand will always be intertwined together.
After collectively winning championships for Barangay Ginebra, the popular backcourt duo is also going to be jointly enshrined as part of the 40 Greatest Players in PBA history.
Having been with the Kings their entire career – where they won four championships and carried the torch of the team’s eminent ‘never-say-die spirit’ – the long-time pal couldn’t have asked for a more fitting ending to their playing years than be cited together as among the best in Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league.
“That’s (to be included in the 40 greatest list) an honor,” said Helterbrand, who’s celebrated partnership with Caguioa earned them the tag ‘Fast and Furious’ at the height of their careers with the league’s most popular ballclub.
“For me and him to share that distinction, to be on the same team forever, we got here at the same time. We won championships together, we won awards together, and to be included in this list, for me, is one of the greatest honors that I could have, and for sure, he'll say the same thing,” added the 38-year-old veteran guard.
Caguioa for his part, said being included in the ‘Greatest List’ is a mere reward to their hardwork in the 13 seasons he and Helterbrand have been together.
“All our hardwork just paid off, because all we did back then when we were running this team was I keep telling them, just ‘ballup’. Keep playing hard,” stressed the ‘Spark.’
Caguioa could only hopes that after more than a decade of championing the ‘never-say-die’ legacy of iconic Ginebra leader Robert Jaworski Sr., the up and coming players of Ginebra will continue the franchise’s battle cry when they eventually retire.
“Up to now, we’re still trying to bring the never-say-die (attitude) to this team. Sana mahawa din sila (younger Ginebra players) and we keep this tradition, from coach Sonny, to us, and for the guys playing today,” he added.