WITH Greg Slaughter barred by doctors from all basketball-related activity owing to an injury, the Barangay Ginebra slotman is using the time to work on his core and improve his ‘movement strength.'
Ginebra’s conditioning coach Kirk Collier has been overseeing the reigning PBA Rookie of the Year’s recovery from a right ankle injury he suffered just two days before the team’s debut in the Governors Cup against Alaska.
But at the same time, Collier and Slaughter have used the time to stregthen the 6-foot-11 slotman's core while the rest of the Ginebra team headed for Dubai on Tuesday to play in an overseas game against Rain or Shine.
“We’re working on strengthening his body especially his core because Greg has different strength and movement," Collier told Spin.ph. "He doesn’t have movement strength, like changing direction, stop, go, jump and that’s what I’m focusing mainly on."
The American conditioning coach, who began working with Red Bull 10 years ago, explained that Slaughter is not a ‘natural-born athlete’ like teammate Japeth Aguilar, yet can definitely dominate because of his sheer size once he learns to develop other aspects of his game.
“Greg’s working on his shot, pivoting and stuffs like that. Greg will always be a subpar athlete compared to somebody like Japeth, but he’s still seven feet tall. So a seven-foot tall player has his advantages,” he added.
According to Colier, Ginebra, which has gone 1-3 (win-loss) without its starting center in the season-ending conference, is looking at May 31 as Slaughter’s possible return when the Kings face sister team San Miguel Beer.
But at the moment, Colier said Slaughter is not cleared to do running yet.
Aguilar, who has been sidelined by a right hamstring injury, has started to join the team’s practice and made the trip to Dubai, although he is still listed as day-to-day.