Greg Slaughter is still not sure if he can suit up for Gilas Pilipinas' game against Iran in the fourth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
The towering center is still nursing an ankle injury he sustained in the final minutes of Ginebra's game against NorthPort in the PBA on Wednesday.
The seven-foot behemoth was reduced to a spectator on Sunday morning when Gilas Pilipinas dismantled the IECO Green Warriors, 99-82, in their only tuneup game before the Iran matchup. Slaughter was wearing a brace on his left ankle while watching the game from the sidelines.
When reporters caught up with him after the match at the Meralco Gym, Slaughter said he has been undergoing therapy. He sat out the game because his doctor advised him from "moving around so much."
"I have done some stuff, but for now doctor said not to really put the weight on it or move it around so much," said Slaughter, who was cleared to play as a local by FIBA on Saturday.
The big man from Cebu, though, assures he's joining the team in its trip. If things go well in the days leading up to the game, Slaughter said he's suiting up.
"If I can just be able to run and jump with it, I'll be out there," he said.
"I'm doing everything I can to get the swelling down. Because with the swelling, I can't really move my ankle too much."
Gilas Pilipinas will need all the help it can get especially down low when it takes on Iran, which is parading former NBA player Hamed Haddadi. But head coach Yeng Guiao is worried even when Slaughter's injury heals in time for the match, the Ginebra slotman might struggle his time practicing with the team might not be enough for him to ease into the system.
As usual, it's a race against time. The team leaves for Iran on Monday. That gives them only two more days to prepare for the game against the Iranians.
"He may practice for a day or two. But I don't know if that's going to be sufficient for him to make a significant contribution," Guiao said.
Nonetheless, if he ever gets the green light to suit up, Slaughter won't hesitate to throw his weight around and hold his own against Haddadi.
"I'm going to try. I'm giving it all I got. I'm giving everything I got to the team right now. If I can go on it, I'm going on it," he said.