Giannis Antetokounmpo has firmly declared that his intention is to signify Greece on the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China this summer time.
The 24-year-old famous person, who final performed for the Greek nationwide crew on the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Match in Turin, spoke on Monday night time after main the Milwaukee Bucks to a 113-94 overcome the Brooklyn Nets on the Barclays Heart.
“I wish to play,” Antetokounmpo mentioned in a video posted on Greek web site SDNA, when requested in regards to the World Cup. “I wish to be with my crew in China on the World Cup, and I hope to be wholesome on the finish of the season so I will signify my nation at this occasion that is so vital.”
Regardless of enjoying on the highway, Antetokounmpo felt proper at house in Brooklyn with many followers from the Greek group in New York displaying as much as help him.
“They’re superb,” he mentioned of the followers. “I wish to thank everybody who got here right here as we speak. They’ve been supporting me since day 1. They help the Bucks, they help my household.
“It’s an unimaginable feeling to return right here (Barclays Heart) and to see so many Greek flags. They haven’t stopped coming to look at my video games since I am within the league and so they simply develop in numbers. I’m very happy with that.”
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Antetokounmpo’s play has been successful over increasingly supporters. He’s averaging 26.7 factors 12.6 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.four steals and 1.four blocks per sport for the Bucks, who personal the NBA’s finest report with 39 wins and solely 13 defeats. It is no shock then that he’s a number one candidate to seize the NBA’s MVP award this season.
Antetokounmpo has already bought one World Cup expertise below his belt. When he was simply bursting onto the scene in 2014, Antetokounmpo represented Greece on the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.
He then performed at FIBA EuroBasket 2015, and the next 12 months on the OQT in Italy.
With out Antetokounmpo, Greece have been nonetheless capable of clinch a spot on this 12 months’s 32-team event by the tip of the fourth window. They did so with an exciting, last-second 86-85 triumph at Georgia on September 16.
The Greeks, 9-1 and trying to lock up a high seed within the World Cup draw, wrap up their European Qualifiers marketing campaign once they host Georgia on February 21 after which play at Germany on February 24.