Barangay Ginebra San Miguel center Greg Slaughter is in no rush to a return from a sprained left ankle that forced him to miss the playoffs of the recent PBA Philippine Cup.
Slaughter is making sure that he has fully recovered from the injury he sustained late in eliminations before setting a timetable for his comeback which will likely come after the Commissioner's Cup starts this month.
Ginebra will make its debut on April 29 when it faces Rain or Shine at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
"I just wanna make sure that I'm entering this conference 100 percent so nothing will build on itself. I don't want any nagging injuries lingering that could lead to something bigger," Slaughter said after a recent practice at the Upper Deck Sports Center in Ortigas.
Coach Tim Cone recently said that Slaughter will miss the first part of the second conference, that is why the 7-foot center is taking necessary steps to avoid any hitches.
He is currently taking a four-week program with Ginebra strength and conditioning coach Paul Mendoza while doing non-contact drills since the team resumed practice several weeks ago as part of his recovery from what he described as an injury that he initially thought was a mild sprain.
Slaughter endured an injury-riddled conference that saw him miss a few games earlier in the eliminations because of a hamstring problem. He was sorely missed when Ginebra was eliminated by eventual champion San Miguel in the Philippine Cup semi-finals.
"I was really believing, expecting to be back in the playoffs but it was a just more severe sprain that I was accustomed to," Slaughter said. "Usually with sprains, I can stomp it off and play and maybe a couple of days I can come back and play, but it was the worst sprain I ever had." (JT)