Bad Timing: Greg Slaughter disappointed with latest injury

Barangay Ginebra slotman Greg Slaughter couldn’t hide his disappointment upon learning a few days ago that he’ll have to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle.

The 27-year-old former PBA Rookie of the Year showed up on Wednesday at the resumption of Gilas Pilipinas, but in civilian clothes as he broke the bad news to Gilas coach Tab Baldwin.

“It’s just bad timing because when I started working out on my own about a week ago, I injured my right ankle a little bit,” Slaughter told FOX Sports on Wednesday.

“When I had it checked last week, the MRI and X-Ray results revealed there’s a build up that’s preventing my ankle from moving well, so I need to have an arthroscopic surgery to have my ankle repaired,” he added.

The 6-foot-11 Slaughter said he was actually looking forward to play under Baldwin, someone he said he respects highly.

But the injury will be keeping him at bay, at least for the next 3 months, after his recent talk with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raul Canlas.

“I was looking forward to playing for Gilas under coach Tab. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to play because after 2 to 3 weeks to get my ankle healed, I’ll have to do rehab,” explained the former Ateneo slotman.

Slaughter though is happy that the Gilas coach still welcomes him to watch the national pool’s practice or even do his rehab.

“Coach Tab made it clear that I’m still part of Gilas and that I’m also welcome there and I can do my rehab,” he said.

“For me, I will try to support Gilas in any way I can.”

Unknown to many, Slaughter was part of the original Smart-Gilas program that was handled by Serbian coach Rajko Toroman from 2009 to 2010. – By Richard Dy

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