After officially rejoining Barangay Ginebra in the quarterfinals on Tuesday against GlobalPort, prized big man Greg Slaughter remains tight-lipped as far as his much-anticipated comeback is concerned.
The 6-11 Slaughter, who has been away for nine months while recovering from a right ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear on his knee, finally donned the Ginebra jersey while the Kings quickly dispatched the Batang Pier, 95-86 to punch their way to the Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.
Asked if he’s already bound to play in the semis series against the winner of the Star-Rain or Shine quarterfinal matchup, the 6-foot-11 slotman just gave a hint.
“We’ll leave that as a surprise,” said Slaughter with a smile. “I feel pretty ready now. We’ll see what happens.”
And should he hit the floor for the first time this season, Slaughter sees no problem adjusting with Ginebra, which is bound for a third straight semifinals appearance in the Tim Cone-era.
“I feel very confident in it,” he said. “I was able to practice even before I got injured again with Justin on the team and that’s when were just starting it off.”
The former Ateneo stalwart, though, couldn’t express enough how he elated he is in his return—even if that would mean just cheering from the bench.
“Just to be on court with my teammates, be back on the bench. That was really an exciting time,” he said. “I cant wait to play again.”
After all, Slaughter looks forward to helping his “Twin Towers” partner Japeth Aguilar down low.
“I cant wait to get back there and help him out, get back to our synergy where we’re helping each other out. Just two really dominant bigs out there together,” said the former PBA Rookie of the Year.
Aguilar, however, wants Slaughter to pace himself to avoid any serious injury anymore heading forward.
“I’m really excited him to play pero no pressure, I want him to take his time, mahirap rin sa kanya, like what happened last time parang nathrow siya sa fire kaagad,” said Aguilar. “Gusto ko sana unti untiin niya, maganda sana sa offseason niya makuha yung rhythm niya.”
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