Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo to play for Greece at EuroBasket 2022

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Milwaukee Bucks super star Giannis Antetokounmpo has actually dedicated to betting the Greek nationwide group at EuroBasket 2022 later on this summer season, Hellenic Basketball Federation president Vaggelis Liolios validated on Friday. In addition, Bucks assistant coach Josh Oppenheimer will sign up with as an assistant coach. 

Giannis appeared to validate the news himself on social networks when he published an image using the Greek nationwide group shorts and captioned it with several emojis that consisted of a “soon” arrow and the Greek flag. 

EuroBasket is a quadrennial competition objected to in between the nationwide groups of European nations. This upcoming edition was expected to be played in 2021, however when the 2020 Olympics were postponed a year due to COVID-19, EuroBasket was pressed back also. It will now be played from Sept. 1-18, with group phase video games in the Czech Republic, Georgia, Italy and Germany. The knockout phase will be held completely in Germany. 

Greece has actually been drawn into Group C in addition to Italy, Croatia, Ukraine, Great Britain and Estonia. Each group will play each other when in the group phase, with the leading 4 groups advancing to the knockout rounds. From there, it’s a single-elimination competition. 

This will be the 17th straight EuroBasket look for Greece, however while they have actually been traditionally effective — champs in 2005 and 1987, runner-up in 1989 — they have actually not medaled in over a years. In the most current competition in 2017, they were removed in the quarterfinals by Russia. 

With Giannis now dedicated to playing in the competition, Greece will be wishing to enhance on that surface and return amongst the medals. The two-time NBA MVP will likewise be trying to find some individual redemption on the global phase. His last look with Greece was the 2019 FIBA World Cup, where he had some significantly mediocre efficiencies and the group stopped working to even make the knockout phase. 

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