BARANGAY Ginebra coach Tim Cone is facing a dilemma with the return of Greg Slaughter to the fold starting in the game against Mahindra in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
With Slaughter getting injured three months ago, Cone decided to veer away from the deliberate triangle offense in favor of a fast-paced system led by playmakers LA Tenorio, Sol Mercado, and Scottie Thompson.
But with Slaughter back, Cone is concerned on how the 6-foot-11 star slotman will fit into the hybrid offense that has been a major factor in the Gin Kings' impressive 6-2 win-loss start to the league's final conference of the season.
“I think that there’s a choice here with Greg: he can either be a disruption because we’re playing good basketball or he can be a bona fide extra weapon that takes us to a new level,” the champion coach said. “That’s really up to us as a coaching staff to make it happen.”
After recovering from ankle surgery, Slaughter rejoined training just last week and participated in scrimmages starting last Sunday in their open practice at The Arena in San Juan.
Cone said on Thursday Slaughter will “play very limited minutes” against the Enforcer, bannered by import James White.
“We’re going to bring him in slowly so he can get a rhythm, but we think that with the things we’re doing, he’s going to be highly successful, so we’re excited about his return,” Cone said.
Ginebra import Justin Brownlee expects Slaughter to take some of the load off him.
“I think he’s going to come in and help us out a lot especially with how coach Tim runs his offense,” Brownlee said. “I think he’s going to be great for our team.”