IT wasn’t all fun and fan interaction for Barangay Ginebra on Sunday morning at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Despite opening their practice doors to their fans, the Gin Kings still buckled down to work and accomplished things beneficial to their PBA Governors’ Cup campaign during their training session that lasted for almost three hours.
“We needed to get a practice in today,” said Gin Kings coach Tim Cone, whose team is in the middle of a long 12-day break. “We got some running in.”
Greg Slaughter, particularly, ran up and down the floor and joined his first 5-on-5 action since rejoining practice last week after being sidelined for three months by an ankle injury.
“That’s actually the first time Greg has been in an active scrimmage up and down and we got him in some transition drills," Cone said. “He’s been doing a lot of half-court work this week only, but he hasn’t done anything full-court (until now).”
Slaughter is expected to make his conference debut on Friday when the Gin Kings return to action against Mahindra.
“We don’t normally scrimmage that much in practice, but today, we did a little bit more because the fans were here and we knew they wanted to see us play and not just do drills,” Cone said.
“It was important because we needed to get Greg an opportunity to get up and down the floor,” he added.
While Slaughter’s condition improved, Chris Ellis’ status didn’t as the athletic small forward remained sidelined with a groin injury.
“We’re trying to be very careful with him,” Cone said. “Earlier in the conference, we tried to get him to play through it, hoping it would heal while he played, but it was getting worse, so we took a different path and decided that we would shut him down.”
Cone said they’re assessing Ellis on a weekly basis.
“If he doesn’t show improvement after one week, then we shut him down totally for another week,” the veteran coach said.