Hel­ter­brand ex­cited at what the fu­ture holds af­ter re­tire­ment

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Hel­ter­brand felt that win­ning the last two cham­pi­onships of the PBA Gov­er­nors' Cup was the right time to an­nounce his re­tire­ment af­ter a 17-year ca­reer with Barangay Gine­bra San Miguel.

The 2009 Most Valu­able Player made it of­fi­cial Mon­day three days af­ter Gine­bra re­tained the ti­tle of the league's third con­fer­ence with a Game 7 vic­tory at the Philip­pine Arena in Bo­caue, Bu­la­can. Hel­ter­brand of­fered no re­grets when he re­flected on a ca­reer filled with suc­cess.

"It wasn't re­ally that hard. I had a great ca­reer and I have no re­grets," Hel­ter­brand said dur­ing Gine­bra's vic­tory party at the San Miguel Cor­po­ra­tion head of­fice in Man­daluy­ong City. "I'm happy with where I'm at now, I'm ex­cited at what the fu­ture holds."

Speak­ing of the fu­ture, Hel­ter­brand is pon­der­ing on what's next, though he had dis­cussed pos­si­ble busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties and per­haps a stint as coach with San Miguel of­fi­cials.

But for now, Hel­ter­brand would rather spend more time with his fam­ily and reap the fruits of his la­bor be­fore tak­ing the next step.

"I just want to spend time with my fam­ily, first take a break from bas­ket­ball and, maybe down the line, we'll see," he said.

Hel­ter­brand's re­tire­ment left his long-time part­ner Mark Caguioa with mixed emo­tions.

"I'm happy but sad at the same time," Caguioa said. "Happy be­cause he can spend time with his fam­ily and loved ones back in the States, and sad be­cause I'll not gonna be with him ev­ery day.

"For 17 years, we were ba­si­cally with each other ev­ery sin­gle day. Now that mawawala siya sa prac­tice, sa games, it's gonna be like a real big ad­just­ment for me."

Caguioa and Hel­ter­brand made their mark as the famed duo known as "The Fast and the Fu­ri­ous." They starred in Gine­bra's cham­pi­onships in the 2004 Fi­esta Con­fer­ence, 2005 and 2007 Philip­pine Cup and 2008 Fi­esta Con­fer­ence be­fore play­ing the role of vet­eran lead­ers in the Kings' last two ti­tles.

"What a bet­ter way to go out than win two cham­pi­onships, so for me it's a per­fect time to re­tire," Hel­ter­brand said.(JT) - pba.ph

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