Import Josh Powell abruptly left Ginebra to pursue his dream of making it back to the NBA that stunned the team.
But Ginebra rookie big man Greg Slaughter has still some respect for the NBA veteran and has liked the idea of working out with the former Kings import at the end of the PBA season this July. Slaughter's working out with Powell
The 6-11 University of the Visayas standout revealed that before Powell left, the latter extended an invitation to all the Ginebra players to work out with him in the United States during the offseason.
And given Powell’s championship pedigree and vast NBA experience, Slaughter finds the invitation tempting. The 6-9 forward is a six-year NBA veteran and a member of two Los Angeles Lakers champion teams.
“He invited us (Gin Kings) to work out with him (in the US) but we’ll see. Of course, he’s got experience having played and worked out and won (NBA) championships with Kobe (Bryant) and (former Lakers coach) Phil Jackson,” Slaughter told Spin.ph on Tuesday.
Powell played two games with the Gin Kings but decided to opt out to take an offer to join the Houston Rockets' roster. Even with Powell's short stint with the team, Slaughter said he learned a lot from the former Lakers backup center/forward.
“He sets big picks and he’s done a good job guarding the (Meralco) import (Darnell Jackson),” the former Ateneo slotman said, referring to Powell’s debut game before the All-Star break that saw the Gin Kings score an 88-78 win over the Bolts.
When asked what he thinks about Powell’s reason for leaving the team, last year’s top rookie pick said he believed the 31-year-old former North Carolina State standout didn't want to aggravate his foot injury.
The American did not play in the second half of Sunday’s 78-89 loss to Alaska and ended up scoreless on 0-of-5 shooting in 15 minutes of action.
“It’s just unfortunate that he (Powell) got injured. And maybe, he doesn’t want the injury to get worse,” said the rookie big man, whose team is set to work with its third import this conference in two-time PBA Best Import awardee Gabe Freeman.
Freeman is expected to practice with Ginebra and have his document processed on Wednesday just before the Holy Week break, in time for his debut against Alaska on Easter Sunday. This development only shows that Slaughter wants to improve more and wants to develop a new facet in his game. --- with reports from Spin.ph
Despite Import Josh Powell abruptly left Ginebra, Greg Slaughter still wants to work out with him
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