Sloukas shoots down Panathinaikos rumours
Kostas Sloukas has shot down rumours linking him with Panathinaikos OPAP by stating “100% no” when asked about a return to Greek basketball…
Fenerbahce’s Kostas Sloukas has put an end to rumors linking him with a future move to Panathinaikos in a recent interview with the Athenian-Macedonia News Agency.
The Greek international, who previously spent the better part of seven seasons with Olympiacos, has long been linked with a move to Panathinaikos.
Sloukas was blunt when asked if he has considered playing for a Greek club in the future, with the 28-year-old’s initial response simply “100% no.”
“I mean, I want to stay with Fenerbahce because I’m having a good time,” Sloukas added.
“Because the team is the best in Europe at the moment. The team is in the elite. I’ve put my piece in this along with many other players like Jan Vesely and Gigi Datome,” explained Sloukas, who joined Fenerbahce in 2015.
Since leaving Olympiacos, whom he captured the EuroLeague with in 2012 and 2013, Sloukas has gone on to win a further EuroLeague title with the Turkish giants in addition to three Turkish Super League titles, a Turkish Cup title and two Turkish Super Cup titles.
“We have created a core. I’m very, very happy and I’m glad that I’m their teammate and that we have Obradovic and his assistants as coaches.”
Rumours of a potential move to Panathinaikos have been heightened year-after-year as Panathinaikos owner, Dimitris Giannakopoulos, appears determined to bring Sloukas back to Greek basketball. Despite Giannakopoulos’ persistence, the effort of a Sloukas return to the Greek Basket League appears to be one-sided – at least for the time being.
Sloukas also spoke about the ongoing scheduling conflict between the EuroLeague regular season and FIBA qualifying windows.
“I think that basketball suffers. Players want to compete with their national teams but it’s impossible,” said Sloukas, who will make his return to the Ethniki last this month after missing out on the first phase of qualifying for the 2019 FIBA World Cup due to EuroLeague obligations with Fenerbahce.