Antetokounmpo brothers included in preliminary World Cup roster
Giannis, Thanasis and Kostas Antetokounmpo are all in the preliminary Greek national team roster for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China, but Kosta Koufos hasn’t been included.
For the first time, Giannis, Thanasis and Kostas Antetokounmpo have all been summoned to the Greek national team together, with the latter yet to represent his country on the senior international stage. Head coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos spoke about Kostas’ inclusion: “We decided to invite Kostas Antetokounmpo because we have been following his progression. We have high expectations for him, and if he starts to become more involved with the national team, there will be a lot of benefits for us.” Kostas made his NBA debut for the Dallas Mavericks in the 2018/2019 season.
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who recently became the Most Valuable Player of the NBA, will be expected to lead the team.
Fellow leaders such as Nick Calathes, Giorgos Printezis, Kostas Papanikolaou and Kostas Sloukas have all been called up by Skourtopoulos.
However, there is no place in the team for Kosta Koufos. At the moment, Koufos is searching for a contract in the NBA after his deal with the Sacramento Kings expired, and reports on gazzetta.gr revealed that the 30-year-old has consistently ignored calls from Skourtopoulos. As a result, he has been left out of the squad.
Tyler Dorsey, another free agent in the NBA, has been picked.
Full 18-man preliminary Greece roster for the 2019 FIBA World Cup:
PG: Nick Calathes, Kostas Sloukas, Antonis Koniaris, Vangelis Mantzaris.
SG: Giannoulis Larentzakis, Tyler Dorsey, Giannis Athinaiou.
SF: Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Kostas Papanikolaou, Ioannis Papapetrou, Christos Saloustros.
PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Giorgos Printezis, Konstantinos Mitoglou, Panagiotis Vasilopoulos.
C: Giannis Bourousis, Giorgos Papagiannis, Kostas Antetokounmpo.
The players will gather for a training camp on July 24. Between the 9th and 11th of August, the Episimi Agapimeni will host a friendly tournament in Crete against Hungary and Iran, before holding another competition in Athens with Italy, Serbia and Turkey from August 16-18. The Greeks will complete their preparations with matches against China, Jordan and either Turkey or Senegal on Chinese soil.
Greece will compete in Group F at the World Cup in China against New Zealand, Brazil and Montenegro. The tournament will be held from August 31 to September 15.