Mixed emotions for Caguioa as longtime 'Fast and Furious' partner Helterbrand calls it quits
Mark Caguioa gives his bosom buddy Jayjay Helterbrand a farewell kiss at the Ginebra victory party. Jerome Ascano

VETERAN Mark Caguioa will be the one most affected at Barangay Ginebra with the retirement of JayJay Helterbrand.

Caguioa said he'll definitely miss the presence of his bosom buddy, who has been there from the time he first came on board the league's most popular team in 2001.

Helterbrand, 41, announced his retirement on Monday after playing for 17 years with the Kings.

"Every day for 17 years, as your best friend, kasama mo siya sa practice," revealed Caguioa during the victory party of the Kings on Monday night at the San Miguel Corp. headquarters to celebrate the team's successful title defense in the Governors’ Cup.

"Every after practice, you know, magkasama kami niyan na mag-boxing."

Helterbrand's retirement meant the end of the 'Fast and Furious' era, which produced six championships in 16 years together, including the last two Governors’ Cup championships.

While he knew it was coming, Caguioa had mixed feelings knowing his close friend would no longer be around for the league's 43rd season.

"Happy and sad that he decided to retire," said the 2012 MVP. "But I'm happy that he gets to spend his time with his family and loved ones."

As for him, it's just a matter of accepting reality.

"Ngayon wala na siya. I need to adjust ulit," said the 37-year-old Ginebra veteran.

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