I CAUGHT caught up with Barangay Ginebra San Miguel center Greg Slaughter who is undergoing rehabilitation from an injury that knocked him out of last year’s Governors’ Cup of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
The seven-foot center has been religiously attending to his rehabilitation at Pinnacle Performance in Makati City while working out in a swimming pool at his college alma mater, Ateneo de Manila University.
“Right now, I have been really attending to my rehab as the goal is to get stronger than before,” said Slaughter during a messenger conversation on Monday following a workout.
“I think this time away from the game has really made me appreciate a lot of things that I fully couldn’t before,” Slaughter shared. “I have had teammates go down with knee injuries and while I empathize, I didn’t fully understand until I had my own setback.”
Slaughter’s parents have been supportive and always ready to offer words of encouragement.
“You know, I have been very excited to return,” pointed out the former PBA Rookie of the Year. “When the team turned the corner under Coach Tim Cone, it has been nothing short of exciting.”
“A lot of credit also has to go to my teammates who have been working hard as well. Winning a championship has definitely gotten everyone’s spirits up. Even if we lost the All-Filipino, it’s still a positive sign that we are challenging and I can’t wait to do my part.”
Slaughter was a part of three Cebu Schools Athletic Federation Inc. and two University Athletic Association of the Philippines title teams. He also took home a Southeast Asian Games gold medal in 2011 and now has a PBA title to call his own (although he missed the finals with an injury). “I’d love to be on the floor to do that next time, but all this has made me appreciate the game, my teammates and coaches a lot more.”
It has been a long journey since he came over from the United States to play for his mother’s home city of Cebu (with the University of Visayas Green Lancers) after which he moved to Ateneo de Manila University. He was also at one point in time, a key component of the early Gilas program. “I’ve been blessed to play for some very good coaches, very good teams, and in top notch competitions,” added Slaughter.
Right now, the time table for the big man’s return is the third conference. “Yeah, where I got injured. You can’t believe how bad I want to return. But right now, I am also watching the game from afar and appreciating things and learning. Am definitely not wasting my time.”