by Waylon Galvez
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel coach Tim Cone said that it would be a bonus for the Kings if Greg Slaughter recovers his full strength and play in the playoffs of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Though the timetable for Slaughter’s return has been scheduled in the early part of the Governors’ Cup, there is a possibility for him to play near the end of the Commissioner’s Cup eliminations or in the playoffs depending on his condition.
Slaughter’s absence created a gaping hole in the middle and that was exploited by San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo during their Philippine Cup finals.
“I don’t see him coming back until the third conference (Governors’ Cup),” said Cone of the 7-foot Slaughter. “If he comes back earlier, that would be a bonus. Right now, our mindset is third conference.”
Slaughter missed the entire PH Cup due to a tear on his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in his right knee, which he sustained in Ginebra’s last elimination round game in the Governors’ Cup of the previous season.
Slaughter averaged almost 20 points and 12 rebounds with 1.30 shots blocks last season.
Without the player know as “Gregzilla”, Ginebra had a tough time containing the reigning three-time MVP as the 6-foot-10 Fajardo dominated the shaded area.
SMB bested Ginebra, 4-1, in their seven-game series to win the all-Filipino crown for the third consecutive time, earning the Jun Bernardino ‘perpetual’ trophy – the second team to record such feat since Talk ’N Text did it from 2011 to 20013.