Giannis: We’re Not Done Yet
Speaking to reporters at the Milwaukee Bucks’ NBA Media Day, Giannis Antetokounmpo reflected on Greece’s FIBA World Cup campaign and his hunger to come back stronger for the Ethniki.
Three weeks after Greece’s elimination from the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Giannis Antetokounmpo finally addressed Greece’s run in China as the NBA’s reigning MVP participated in the Milwaukee Bucks’ NBA Media Day on Monday.
While the main focus of the day was the Bucks’ upcoming season and the team’s push to repeat their impressive 2018/2019 campaign, Antetokounmpo spoke about his offseason duties with the Greek national team.
“It was great playing for Greece and representing my country. Obviously, the outcome wasn’t the one we were expecting. We weren’t able to qualify for the Top 8 or the Olympics but we’ll have another chance to do that. We had a great team, but I think one game cost us the qualification,” Giannis said during a press conference alongside his older brother Thanasis.
Greece were eliminated from the competition in the second round after failing to beat the Czech Republic by the required 12 points due to Greece’s prior loss to Brazil in the opening round.
“I’m not really disappointed about it. I’m mad and pissed but everything happens for a reason. You try to take the good and the bad, the experience from every competition you play and try to be better so that when you’re on the same stage again, you know how to handle it. The Greek national team… we’re not done yet,” Giannis concluded.
Antetokounmpo, who steered the Bucks to the Eastern Conference Finals last season, will be hoping to take his team one step further as the Bucks look to end a title drought dating back to 1971.