GINEBRA'S switch from Jeff Cariaso's triangle offense to its trademark run-and-gun offense under new coach Ato Agustin beginning in the PBA Commissioner's Cup is expected to turn the focus away from the Gin Kings' big men and to its band of fleet-footed guards.
Greg Slaughter, however, is unconcerned.
The 6-foot-11 slotman who thrived under the big man-oriented triangle offense in Cariaso's two conferences in charge insisted he is ready to play his role and contribute - regardless of what system Ginebra runs.
“I am not concerned about it (move from triangle to run and gun). Hindi, I play anything,” Slaughter told Spin.ph. "We had three-and-a-half weeks to prepare. Whatever the coach wants, I am ready to do it.”
The former top pick of the rookie draft said all he ever cares about is to take Ginebra to a championship after early exits from the playoffs over his last three conferences with the crowd favorites.
“I am definitely ready to get back to the coming conference, I am excited. Definitely, I want to get out of that quarterfinal round, I don’t find that acceptable anymore. It’s been three conferences in a row,” said Slaughter.
“Hopefully we can all get on the same page here, make some sacrifices and make it a team game.”
Slaughter, in fact, said he welcomes Agustin's return, pointing out that the Gin Kings' had a great playoff run under the former league MVP in his first season with the team.
“We’re all happy we’re back. I only had one conference with him (Agustin), we had a lot of success with him. That was my best finish personally, with coach Ato, we went to Game Seven with Purefoods, could have gone either way,” he said.
“I am really excited to come back in here, we have a great coaching staff. I think everyone is really happy and excited to buy into it. I’m really excited to get started,” added the former Ateneo star.
"We’ve always had the pieces for a good team, we just really have to get it together. Definitely, Coach Ato has the experience, he won it with Petron before. He’s definitely improved. I have no doubt in my mind, coach Ato is competent enough."
Here's a video of interview with Slaughter:
Asked about the recent run to the Philippine Cup championship of former Cebu rival June Mar Fajardo and San Miguel Beer, Slaughter said he has long expected Fajardo to dominate in the pro league.
“I’ve always known he’s a hard worker. I just always see it year after year, his improvement. No surprise to me he is where he is right now,” he said.
But Slaughter was quick to brush off the comparisons.
“I don’t really see it, I’ve known basketball as a team sport. Right now, I can say San Miguel is doing better than Ginebra. We’ve been struggling these past few conferences, but I know we will turn it around this time,” Slaughter said.
“We’re still getting into it. So we’ll see as time goes by,” he added.