JUST days after dropping out of the Gilas Pilipinas pool, Greg Slaughter will find himself going up against members of the Fiba World Cup-bound team in a high-profile match.
Talk about life being full of irony.
The Ginebra rookie, who found himself in the middle of a controversy over his decision to withdraw from the national team pool, has been voted to start for the PBA All-Stars when they face Gilas in the 2014 PBA All-Star festivites in the first week of April.
The 6-11 former Ateneo star was in fact the leading vote-getter in the balloting done online and in venues of league games with 61,800 votes. Slaughter was put on the ballot because he was not yet named to the Gilas pool by national coach Chot Reyes when the voting started.
"I'm very honored and thankful because the fans voted for that," said Slaughter. "It's a great honor that the fans voted for me and made me the top vote-getter."
Asked if he'll give Gilas a good exercise in the four-day mid-season festivities beginning on April 3, the rookie said: "It's a basketball game, like everybody else. I'll go out there and play and give the fans a good game."
Joining the top pick overall in this year's draft in the PBA All-Stars' starting frontline by Ginebra's Chris Ellis, who was second in the balloting with 44,630 votes and his teammate Mac Baracael with 33,756 votes.
On the other hand, San Mig rising star Mark Barroca was the leading vote-getter among the guards with 38,268 points for his second All-Star appearance, beating out more popular teammate James Yap who garnered 38,260 votes.
The All-Star start, however, will be more significant for Yap since the two-time league MVP is in line for his 11th All-Star appearance, which would put him in second place in the league record books in a tie with Jerry Codinera and Dondon Hontiveros of Alaska.
Alvin Patrimonio and Asi Taulava are the only players with more All-Star stints with 12 apiece, although the Air21 slotman has a chance for an all-time record 13th if he is named among the reserves in this year's showpiece.
Votes from PBA coaches will decide the reserves of the All-Star team.