Greg Slaughter suffers partial tear on right ACL, could miss big chunk of 2017 PBA season

ANTIPOLO- Barangay Ginebra young slotman Greg Slaughter could possibly be out for a big chunk of the 2016-17 PBA season as the team’s therapist confirmed the former PBA Rookie of the Year sustained a partial ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear on his right knee.

Aspi Calagopi, the Kings’ team therapist said the partial ACL tear could keep Slaughter out of PBA action for at least five months.

But if the 6-foot-11 giant goes under the knife, he could be gone for almost the entire 2016-17 season since it will keep him out for at least eight months.

“Oo, it’s confirmed (partial ACL tear) so depende pa if may surgery or wala,” Calagopi told FOX Sports during halftime of Ginebra’s game versus Phoenix on Wednesday at the Ynares Center.

The soft-spoken Ginebra therapist said it is still uncertain what course of action Slaughter will be taking after his latest MRI result revealed he indeed, partially tore his ACL on his right knee.

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The top rookie pick in the 2014 PBA Draft will still have to discuss his situation with coach Tim Cone and management.

Slaughter sustained the injury during his conference debut last week against Mahindra.

The soft-spoken big man was coming off an ankle surgery last May and missed a big portion of the ongoing Governors Cup.

He finished with seven points, four rebounds and one assist in under 11 minutes of action in Ginebra’s 93-86 win over Mahindra. – Jason Mercene

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