TIM Cone said Barangay Ginebra is not about to rush back big man Greg Slaughter into action after the 6-11 center underwent surgery to repair an injured ankle.
Slaughter has been showing up in several of the Kings' pre-PBA Governors Cup activities including Friday's tune-up match against Mahindra at the Arellano gym, but no more than an observer on the sidelines as he has not joined the team's on-court drills and plays.
While Slaughter no longer wears a cast on his injured leg, Cone said the team is willing to wait out the healing process before the big man is summoned back into action.
"It's an injury that needs to heal and strengthen and that takes a lot of time," said Cone inside the Ginebra dugout after the Kings blew away the Enforcers, 85-69.
Cone had previously said he hopes Slaughter can make it back in time for the playoffs of the season-ending conference, meaning the former Ateneo center is slated to miss most of the elimination round.
“Very, very best case scenario is that he’ll be available end of the elims, that’s the best, best scenario. And that never happens. You never get the best, best scenario,” said the two-time grand slam mentor.
“More likely, he’ll miss the conference, and that’s the worst case.”
Slaughter politely begged off for a short chat following the game against Mahindra, saying he’s in a rush to attend to some important matter.
But Cone said Slaughter has been recovering well from surgery and that ‘Greg has great attitude about it.’
Ginebra is not really in a hurry to have Slaughter back, according to Cone, adding the team wants the former Ateneo standout to fully recover from the injury before he starts suiting up for the Kings anew.
“It’s our responsibility to make sure that he comes back at the right time. We don’t rush, and make sure he’s 100 percent healthy and that he’s not getting to reinjure or have similar problems later on,” said the Ginebra coach.