The timing might not have been right, but Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t want anyone announcing that he would not compete at Eurobasket – apart from himself.

Speaking upon his return to Athens, Antetokounmpo insisted that he would announce his injury issues and that they would rule him out of Eurobasket himself. He also was not fond of the Greek Federation reportedly accusing the Milwaukee Bucks of planning the injury news close to Eurobasket.

“Some articles were written and things being said,” Antetokounmpo explained. “But I said what I wanted to say and no one can express the feelings I have inside me better than myself.

“This is why I didn’t want the federation to announce it or someone else, but me. Right now, the most important thing is the team because there are some people who are disappointed that I won’t play and the attention shouldn’t be focused on me but on the team.”

The Greek national team have participated in six warm-up games thus far ahead of Eurobasket. They have won five with the latest being against Great Britain in London. Their only blemish was against Serbia.