After missing action for a year due to an ACL injury, star center Greg Slaughter finally returns to the court as Barangay Ginebra San Miguel begin its Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup campaign against the Meralco Bolts on Sunday.
But coach Tim Cone reminded fans to temper their expectations as the Gin Kings are still adjusting to him.
“We’re all excited to see how it all fits together with Greg’s return. It’s been a long time since we’ve had him in the lineup and guys are still getting used to his presence,” Cone said.
“No doubt, the adjustments to him will be a process for all of us, but it’s a process we’re all excited about. But we also know we have to be patient and not expect too much too soon.”
Slaughter injured his knee last September and hasn’t played a game since. But even without him, the Gin Kings enjoyed success as they won last season’s Governors’ Cup, the team’s first title in eight years.
Ginebra also made the finals of the Philippine Cup and semifinals of the Commissioner’s Cup.