GREG Slaughter is in no rush to return to action in the PBA Governors’ Cup, saying his focus is to be healthy come the playoffs and in the next window of the Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers.
On Tuesday, Slaughter joined Ginebra practice for the first time since suffering an ankle sprain in a game against NorthPort last September 5, but admitted he was not yet fully healthy.
“I’m not 100 percent with my ankle yet,” Slaughter told SPIN.ph on Tuesday. “I just get my feet wet in practice. But it feels good to be out there playing with the guys.”
Slaughter will have the luxury of time to rest. After seeing action against Rain or Shine on Saturday in a road game in Lucena City, the Kings won't play again until October 28 against Magnolia.
Slaughter said he is targeting to be fully healthy in the PBA playoffs in November as well as in the next Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers window on November 30 and December 3.
The former Ateneo center also sat out Team Pilipinas' games against Iran and Qatar owing to the same injury.
“We still have two weeks before our next game and I want to make sure that I’m 100 percent so I can play in the playoffs and the next Fiba window,” said Slaughter.
Slaughter admitted there is still pain in his ankle, but no longer as much as before.
“There is still pain but not as much. It’s only on certain movements. I’m just going to work that one out. I can’t wait to play again but I just want to take it one game at a time. I don’t want to look far ahead,” said Slaughter.
Slaughter though is glad other bigs in the team led by Aljon Mariano and Prince Caperal have been stepping up in his absence.
“It’s awesome. It takes a lot of pressure off the injured guys. It’s great to see our teammates show their skills. It’s not new to us. We see it in practice. But it’s good that they finally get to show how they are made off and they deserve to be in the PBA,” said Slaughter.