IAN SANGALANG isn’t the only big man missing from the NLEX Road Warriors' lineup.
So is Greg Slaughter.
NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez confirmed on Saturday that Slaughter has not been attending practices for the Road Warriors as he concentrates on, among other things, his stint with the Gilas Pilipinas national team.
“He is not practicing right now due to the fact that he wants to concentrate on Gilas, his studies at Ateneo and his commitments with his family,” said Fernandez, confirming reports that the seven-foot former Blue Eagle has not been joining the team recently.
Fernandez is hoping Slaughter will be able to finish his other commitments and rejoin the Road Warriors, who opened their campaign for a fifth successive D-League title on the wrong foot after losing to Big Chill.
“I hope he will finish all that and come back and play for us in this conference," Fernandez said. "We really need him."
When asked if Slaughter is still under contract with the team, Fernandez said: “He signed the info sheet to play for us this conference.”
Slaughter’s absence came at a time when the Road Warriors are already missing Sangalang, who has been involved in a tug-of-war between NLEX and EA Regen Medical Group - the rookie team owned by his longtime manager Dennis Pineda.
Pineda has tried to lure Sangalang but NLEX insisted that he still has a live contract with the Road Warriors. The Commissioner's Office has yet to issue a ruling on the matter.