- OAKA to be Re-named Nikos Galis -
The OAKA Basketball Stadium, currently home to Panathinaikos and AEK, will be re-named after the Greek basketball legend Nikos Galis. Stavros Kontonis announced the government’s decision on Tuesday.
Niko Galis revolutionized Greek basketball and is arguably the greatest basketball player to ever play in Greece. The Greek-American played with Aris for 17 years (1979-1992) and finished his career with Panathinaikos in 1994. He led the Greek National team to their first European Championship in 1987 and two years later won the silver medal at Eurobasket 1989 with Greece. He was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007, which consists of the best basketball players of the game internationally. Galis has received numerous honors throughout his playing career and holds many records.
The OAKA will be the second stadium named after Nikos Galis. Aris’ current stadium, “Nikos Galis Hall,” was the first stadium named after “The Gangster.” On behalf of the Greek government, the Deputy Minister of Athletics, Stavros Kontonis, announced the re-naming of the OAKA Stadium to “Niko Galis.” The former Aris star stated “I would like to thank the State and its initiative. It’s a great honor for me, as well as my teammates during that era. I believe that we have offe6red a lot to the people, the youth and the Greek society.”
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