TOP slotman Greg Slaughter had to endure another disappointment with Ginebra management.
But the giant insisted he's happy where he is.
The seven-foot slotman who has won championships with University of Visayas and Ateneo in college has yet to come close to one in five conferences as a pro, but Slaughter insisted he doesn't want to be anywhere else but at Ginebra.
“No, I am not asking for a trade. I will never do that. It will never cross my mind,” Slaughter told Spin.ph a day after Ginebra bowed out of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after a 91-92 loss to Rain or Shine.
“Ginebra is the team I want to play for. So why will I ever ask for a trade?” he added firmly. “Definitely, anyone would love to play for Ginebra. We’re the most popular team and we have the best fans, no doubt.”
Slaughter led the way for Ginebra with 26 points and 16 rebounds on Saturday night, but it is no secret that the shift from former coach Jeff Cariaso's triangle offense to Ato Agustin's run-and-gun has not been good for him or any of the Kings' big men.
With Agustin wanting the team to run like the Ginebra team of Jaworski vintage, the focus of the offense became less on Slaughter and Aguilar and more on guards Mark Caguioa, LA Tenorio, and Jayjay Helterbrand.
Still, Slaughter said it is no problem for him.
“(The reduced role?) It doesn’t matter right now. It is just important to concentrate in every game. We’ve gone to the quarterfinals, but we fell short, so we should take this time working to get better,” he said.
Asked if he doesn't covet a bigger role similar to that of longtime rival June Mar Fajardo who is San Miguel Beer's undisputed go-to guy, Slaughter said: “I don’t see it like that. I see it at how the team can win games, not really looking to be a star and a major contributor.
“It doesn’t matter. This conference, I was able to help and contribute a lot for the team. Hopefully next conference, I get to contribute more.
“I am ready to take on any role, whether it is more responsibility, I am always ready.”
Slaughter insisted he is no hurry to take over the team, saying he is at a stage where he's still learning the ropes.
“I am just at the part where I am learning the ropes. The veterans are still leading this team, Mark Jayjay and LA. So I follow their lead as well as the coaches,” he said.
How about the state of affairs at Ginebra?
“I can’t say I am happy we’re already out of the playoffs. I imagine we can go deeper coming into this conference. I am not happy about our finish, but we’re very excited to work in the offseason and come out stronger next conference,” he said.