WHILE fans are eager to see Greg Slaughter put on a shooting display, the Ginebra big man’s main concern in his return is hitting top form as the Kings begin their title defense in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
Barangay Ginebra fans got all fired up after Slaughter flashed his improved outside shooting skill after one shootaround following a rehab session at the Moro Lorenzo Center in the preseason.
Asked after a recent practice when he is going to start taking those triples, Slaughter said he is taking everything slowly as he’s set to make his official return after being on the sidelines for 10 months due to a knee injury.
The Gin Kings open their Governors’ Cup title-retention bid on Sunday night against Meralco at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“We’ll see. Before I focus on that (three-point shooting), I got to focus on getting my legs under me,” Slaughter said.
Gin Kings coach Tim Cone also can’t wait to see how Slaughter completes their puzzle in their title-retention bid that starts with a finals rematch against the Bolts at 6:45 p.m.
“We’re all excited to see how it all fits together with Greg’s return,” Cone said on the eve of their conference opener. “It’s been a long time since we’ve had him in the lineup and guys are still getting used to his presence.”
“No doubt, the adjustments to him will be a process we’re all excited about, but we also know we have to be patient and not expect too much too soon,” the championship coach was quick to add.
For now, Justin Brownlee, who trimmed down in the preseason after somehow bulking up for the Commissioner’s Cup, is expected to shoulder a heavy load as the do-it-all Gin Kings import matches up with reigning Best Import Allen Durham.
The Bolts have already warmed up for the anticipated finals rematch with a 107-78 thrashing of Blackwater last Friday that validated their title credentials.
Star, another title contender, makes its debut in the curtain-raiser at 4:30 against the Elite who are hoping to bounce back from their loss to the Bolts.