Emotional Caguioa says pal Helterbrand 'a point guard not only on court but in life as well'
Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand share a tender moment on stage in Ginebra's victory party. Jerome Ascano

MARK Caguioa paid an emotional online tribute to his longtime ‘Fast and Furious’ partner Jayjay Helterbrand a day after the 17-year PBA veteran called it a career.

On Monday, Helterbrand, 41, announced his retirement and Caguioa had mixed emotions about his bosom buddy finally walking away from the PBA after 17 seasons.

But on Tuesday on his Instagram account, the 37-year-old Caguioa went all out in sharing what he truly felt about life in Ginebra without Helterbrand for the first time since he joined the team in 2001.

“Ok...How do I start this... Man is this real life? Lol So this is it huh? Your gonna leave me just like that?” Caguioa started his post in jest but quickly turned serious.

“After 17 years, @jayhelterbrand I wanna thank you for being my bestfriend, my brother and my mentor on and off the court. You are not only a point guard on the court but in life as well, a follower of God,” he added.

Caguioa went on to thank the fans who supported Helterbrand and their partnership with Ginebra for 16 seasons. And the 2012 PBA MVP was confident the same fan support will remain with the Gin Kings even as they face the end of the ‘Fast and Furious’ era.

“Lahat tayo nalulungkot, pero seryoso parang may namatay ang feeling ko, lol,” he continued.  

“I wanna thank all my teammates that promised him that they will give him a championship before he retires,” added Caguioa who also called for the fans to share their thoughts on Helterbrand’s retirement.

In a separate post, Caguioa also looked back at the time Helterbrand convinced him to get into foldable bikes in 2014 and hinted his close pal’s bright future at a possible career after the PBA.

“I know you’re gonna have lots of time doing this lol. Man, you look gangsta with this bike,” wrote Caguioa, who posted a photo of Helterbrand riding a foldable bike.

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“I can’t believe you talked me into this bike. You can basically talk me into anything. Hahaha. You should be a car dealer.”

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