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PBA: ‘Gregzilla’ is locked and loaded

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by Ernest Hernandez

Greg Slaughter of Barangay Ginebra  (MB photo | Rio Leonelle Deluvio)

Greg Slaughter of Barangay Ginebra (MB photo | Rio Leonelle Deluvio)

The PBA Governors’ Cup rematch between Barangay Ginebra and the Meralco Bolts will see new faces competing for both sides.

One of them is 7-foot center Greg Slaughter who sat out last year’s finals due to an injury. It will be his first time to compete in the PBA’s biggest stage.

“Really excited. It is not just only about coming back but it this is my first finals in the PBA. I am just really excited but— hopefully, we get this first game,” said Gregzilla.

Heading into the finals, Slaughter admits that he is still not in his best shape because of his knee injury. Regardless, the former Ateneo Blue Eagle will give it his all, giving the Gin Kings a polarizing size advantage.

“Knee is ok. I am still not at 100%. After this conference, I know I still have a lot of work to do but I am really excited right now, I think I can contribute a lot and hopefully, we can get better and better as a team.”

Slaughter has been carefully watching from the sidelines while his teammate competed against other teams for almost a year. Itching to play, he saw how his teammates grew under head coach Tim Cone.

“It is awesome, you know? All of us are on board with this one. We won last year and it felt great and hopefully, we can repeat it this year because we all want it so bad.”

After successfully foiling San Miguel’s bid for a rare grand slam, Slaughter could overtake June Mar Fajardo for the Best Player of the Conference award in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup. With potentially seven games to play, Gregzilla has a very good chance at the award from his fellow big man.

However, the BPC award is of least importance right now.

“No. If I win, I will be happy with that,” said Slaughter.“I will take a championship over individual awards.”

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