Greg Slaughter glad to see new Ginebra coach Frankie Lim show he's in charge
Greg Slaughter works up a sweat in Ginebra's first practice under Frankie Lim. Snow Badua

IT’S the right set-up for Barangay Ginebra and for every team for that matter.

Young big man Greg Slaughter said new coach Frankie Lim’s approach of letting everyone know who’s in charge was the right thing to do.

Lim stressed this point right in his first day at the helm as mentor of the PBA’s most popular ballclub.

“I think today, he (Lim) just let everyone know that everything and everyone will follow the coach. But he’s fair and he knows what he’s doing,” Slaughter told shortly after the team’s first practice under the mercurial former college coach at the CCF gym in Ortigas on Monday.

“If we’ll be disciplined, that’s gonna be good because he is unbiased and he knows what’s good for the team.”

The first day of practice with Lim wasn’t easy with just about everyone sweating profusely inside the oven-hot gym.

But the 6-11 Slaughter doesn’t mind, aware the Kings have a coach who knows what it takes to win.

“He’s a four-time champion (in the NCAA with San Beda) and went undefeated in 2010 so he knows how to win. And it’s the discipline that has a lot to do with that,” he added.

Lim was tapped as one of the deputies of Ato Agustin at the start of the Commissioner’s Cup.

But the Kings struggled during the tournament, capped by a disappointing 92-91 loss to Rain or Shine in the quarterfinals as the team failed to reach the semifinals for the fourth straight conference.

Lim was appointed to succeed Agustin following the early playoffs exit, making him the fifth coach of Ginebra in the last seven conferences.

Prior to his return to the pro league as a coach, the 55-year-old Lim steered the San Beda Red Lions to four NCAA men’s basketball title in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011.

His success with the Mendiola-based school included a perfet season in 2010, which saw the Red Lions finish with an immaculate 18-0 record.

Ginebra conditioning coach Kirk Colier admitted Lim’s detailed approach in practice will force the players to pay attention at all times.

“I think it (practice) was good. They were forced to be attentive to detail because we have a team that needs a culture change,” he said.

“You have to do it right because that’s what we’re expecting them to do in the game.”


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