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    Jul 18, 2013

    H-BOMB UNSELFISH TILL THE END: Lost amid all the drama of Alfrancis Chua's sudden resignation was the decision of Rudy Hatfield to call it a career after 11 seasons in the PBA.

    Although the 2003 PBA Defensive Player of the Year hasn't ruled out another change of heart just as he had done years earlier, Hatfield said his mind is set on taking care of his family back in Michigan.

    "The girls at home they've missed so much of their father and I missed out on their lives. How many chances do you get to see your kids grow up," Hatfield related to a day before flying out of the country.

    Leaving a team that is currently in turmoil wasn't an ideal situation for someone like Hatfield, who has been the epitome of a 'team player' in all his years in the pro league.

    But after what he termed as a "spiritual alignment," Rudy felt it was the perfect time to relinquish his spot to allow the next player on the Ginebra roster to step up.

    "I know that there is a kid out there just waiting for his time to shine. By me leaving the game, it opens a whole world for that next player which is what this game is all about," said Hatfield after receiving an assurance for the SMC bosses that there will always be a place in the team for the the 'H-Bomb.'

    Contrary to popular belief, Rudy isn't entirely set on becoming a pastor or a minister in his post-basketball life.

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    "I dont know if I am ready for that, or even if that's my calling. But one thing I know is that God has my back as I write the next chapter of my life," he said.

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