LADY luck is simply not smiling on Greg Slaughter.
Enjoying his finest season as a pro, the 6-11 Barangay Ginebra slotman faces the prospect of missing out on the rest of the PBA season after undergoing surgery on an injured ankle last week.
The injury and resulting surgery has not only forced Slaughter to drop out of the Gilas Pilipinas pool, but it also put him at risk of missing out on Ginebra's campaign in the season-ending Governors Cup.
“Greg just went through the knife. Matagal ang healing and recovery nun, tingin ko mga two to three months,” said a Ginebra insider who requested anonymity.
The Governors Cup will kick off on July 15 and will be a very quick conference especially after the PBA took a long break to give way to the national team’s campaign in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Ginebra mentor Tim Cone, however, said he is optimistic that Slaughter can come back before the playoffs of the season-ending conference.
“Greg may miss the majority of the conference. We’re hoping he comes in before the playoffs,” said Cone in a message to SPIN.ph.
Acording to Cone, Ginebra’s decision not to bring back Commissioner’s Cup reinforcement Othyus Jeffers had nothing to do with Slaughter’s injury as he explained the reason behind the move to bring in Drew Crawford.
“No, not necessarily (because of the injury of Greg). The decision to bring in a different import was made before Greg had surgery,” he said.
“Management just felt we needed another import to take us to another level. We’re bringing in Drew Crawford”, Cone said of legendary NBA referee Dan Crawford’s son.
Unlike Jeffers who is versatile enough to play multiple positions, Crawford is known in the US largely as a shooting guard.
As for an Asian import, Cone is non-comittal at this time.
“We’re not looking at bringing in an Asian import yet, but it’s not out of the question,” Cone said.