Greg Slaughter targets September 9 return, but yet to join in full Ginebra practice
Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Mark Caguioa, Jayjay Helterbrand and LA Tenorio join a winner in Ginebra's 'Bring Home The Kings' event at PBA Cafe. Karlo Sacamos

GREG Slaughter seems to be right on schedule as far as his return from injury is concerned.

Sidelined since the middle of May due to a ankle injury that required surgery, the Ginebra star is targeting a September 9 return, in the Gin Kings’ third to last game of the PBA Governors’ Cup elimination round against Mahindra.

Slaughter, though, doesn’t want to sound too excited on his potential early comeback.

“I’ve been working really hard coming back, but I got to take my time, be patient, and make sure I’m one-hundred percent when I come back,” the 6-foot-11 slotman  said in a short chat with after the 'Bring Home the Kings' promo event at the PBA Cafe on Thursday night.

It has been exactly three months since Slaughter ruled himself out of the Gilas Pilipinas pool after informing national coach Tab Baldwin of his ankle injury that hampered what has been his best season as a pro.

But the 28-year-old cager is already healthy enough to do some running for his cardio, weights, and shooting drills.

“I’m feeling pretty strong right now,” Slaughter beamed. “The only thing I need to do is be able to go full contact on the court, so I can get my rhythm back, timing, and mesh with my teammates.”

Even without him, the Gin Kings have had an impressive conference under coach Tim Cone as they’re running third in the 12-team standings with a 4-2 win-loss record in a tie with Mahindra.

“I’m really happy we’re here,” Slaughter said. “We had two losses, but those were in overtime. And hopefully once I come back, I could pick up where I left off and continue to contribute to the team.”

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