After being away from the Barangay Ginebra for one season, Greg Slaughter gave his apologies and is now ready to move on make his return to the PBA.
During the offseason, the seven-foot-tall Center posted his apology earlier this afternoon in his Instagram account.
In his IG story he stated:
“I just want to clear up some matters – my intention was purely to improve myself both as a person and as a basketball player,” he stated.
“Basketball has been my life for close to 30 years and I needed to step away for a while in order to start enjoying the game again,” he added.
He expressed his apologies to the officials of the San Miguel Corporation and has stated that he’s excited to once again don the red and white jersey of the most famous team in the country.
After winning the 2019 Governors’ Cup, Slaughter and the Kings were the center of attraction after the 32-year-old Cebuano decided to take a break and not renew his contract.
This sent shockwaves through the league as his decision to take a step-back was during the time when the rumors of him being traded to NorthPort for Christian Standhardinger was spreading like wild fire.
This obviously caused a lot of speculations from the fans and critics of Barangay Ginebra and the league itself.
For the most part of 2020, Slaughter was in the United Stated where he continued training on his own and there were even news that he will be trying his luck to make it in the National Basketball Association (NBA) G-League.
During his time away, he even signed with BeoBasket, the same agency that represents NBA stars like Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic, Dallas Mavericks’ Boban Marjanovic, and Phoenix Suns’ Dario Saric.
Last October, he returned to the country and during that time, Barangay Ginebra was in the middle of their campaign inside the PBA Bubble.
While Slaughter is away, the Kings stayed locked in and became the only PBA team to win a title this year by conquering the 2020 Philippine Cup.
Now, with the 2020 PBA season over. A new chapter is set to unfold.
Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone has said in the past that he wants to have the 2017 Governors’ Cup Best Player of the Conference back in the line-up as they try to win the coveted Grandslam.
“Hopefully, we figure out what’s with Greg (Slaughter) and get him back in the lineup. It was a big loss—playing without him, (getting him back) is a gain. He’s raring to come back and work something out with the company. We want him back,” he said in the past.
“I know he’s texting and wanting to get back to (team), in fact we’re supposed to be meeting with him via Zoom. He knows that (we want him back) and we’re gonna make an effort so we could look a little differently in the next all-Filipino. We’ll see,” he said.
Now, with the momentum and the great chemistry that the current Kings squad has, they are certainly a real threat to win back-to-back PH Cup title.
But with the addition of Slaughter in the future, that Grandslam dream may just become a reality.
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