Greg Slaughter’s offense has taken a nosedive in the ongoing 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup but Brgy. Ginebra head coach Tim Cone isn’t bothered at all since it is in defense where the 7-footer is now relied upon.
“That’s the number one thing we look for in Greg. It’s his effort on defense. That’s kinda a neglected part of his game only because he never really was demanded with it in his career,” said the league’s most decorated bench tactician.
From a scoring average of 15.45 points in the Philippine Cup, only behind Japeth Aguilar’s team-best 16.55 clip, Slaughter’s numbers dropped to 9.73 during the elimination round of the mid-season conference.
With the addition of 2018 league scoring champion Stanley Pringle, the team’s offense is pretty much set which gives Slaughter the unenviable task of being the team’s anchor on the defensive end.
“Kinda have to remove a little bit of his offensive focus to put it on his defense and that’s a big sacrifice for him. He is doing it for us and for the team and I think it’s fantastic. All his teammates really appreciate it,” said Cone.
“His offense is going to come around. This is always a tough conference for him because the imports are big and he is usually being guarded by the imports, so it’s hard for him to get his offense going,” added the 61-year old American mentor.
“But Justine (Brownlee), Stan, LA (Tenorio), Japeth (Aguilar), and all the guys around him, he doesn’t need to step up a bunch of points. What he needs to do is help us defensively and his job is to guard the import.”