AS Greg Slaughter marked his return to Ginebra with a near double-double, the 30-year-old big man declared he is also ready for national team duty.
Sidelined for almost two months with an ankle injury, Slaughter was solid in his comeback with the Kings on Sunday and ready to finally play for Team Pilipinas in the next window of the Fiba Basketball World Cup on November 30 against Kazakhstan and December 3 against Iran, both at home.
“That’s also what I’ve had at the back of my mind,” said Slaughter after an 11-point, nine-rebound performance in the Kings victory over Magnolia.
“I'm not just aiming for the playoffs but also the next window for Gilas. I was kinda bummed out I wasn't able to play the last time but I learned a lot and I'm looking forward to play with the guys,” said Slaughter.
The 30-year-old Ginebra big man suffered the injury in early September, forcing him to miss not just a bulk of the Kings’ games in the elimination round but also the Fiba window where Gilas played against Iran and Qatar.
It was a heartbreaking development for the big man, who before the window was declared eligible to play as a local instead of a naturalized player.
The former Ateneo and University of Visayas center is pleased to have been able to focus on his recovery as Ginebra did very well in the Governors’ Cup eliminations.
“Fortunately, we have been able to take care of business with me and Sol's (Mercado) absence and we were able to get good seeding. Fortunately, I didn't have to hurry back and spent a little time getting my body stronger,” said Slaughter.