Championship makes comeback worth it for Slaughter

Paul Lintag on Oct 28, 2017 06:07 PM
Championship makes comeback worth it for Slaughter
Dealing with injuries and going through a rehabilitation process that lasted almost a year, Slaughter capped a successful comeback, which included him winning his first Best Player of the Conference award, with an oh so sweet title.

Greg Slaughter won his first PBA Championship last year... technically.

However, the 2017 Governors' Cup is Greg's first actual PBA championship as far as everyone is concerned.

Why? Because he finally got to play.

Dealing with injuries and going through a rehabilitation process that lasted almost a year, Slaughter capped a successful comeback, which included him winning his first Best Player of the Conference award, with an oh so sweet title.

Ginebra's team success in the end makes all of his hard work in trying to return to full health all the more worth it.

"You know I’m also happy last year. I’m happy that we got team success. That’s what I’m all about and all we play for. That’s what got us here. Whenever you win a championship, everyone looks good," Slaughter said after Ginebra retained its Governors' Cup title by beating Meralco in Game 7 Friday.

"Absolutely," he added when asked if it's worth it coming back. "But we wont stop here. We’ll keep this thing going. I’m so fortunate to have these teammates, coach Tim. We dont want to just win this. We want to keep it going."

While it may look like Greg is finally at full strength, the towering 7-foot center says that he cans still reach a more optimum level.

That's only gives the Gin Kings a higher ceiling.

"I dont think my body is at 100 percent so I hope to have a better understanding of the things during the rehab. You just have to keep working and keep getting better," he said.

But for now, the first order of business for Slaughter is to enjoy his first real PBA championship.

"This is the top league. Just getting to the Finals isn’t easy. It’s very hard. Everyone just dug deep and we just pulled it out. It’s really, really special," he said.

 


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