The Greek Federation president expecting Giannis Antetokounmpo to play in the World Cup

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The Greek Federation president Giorgos Vassilakopoulos is expecting Giannis Antetokounmpo to participate in the 2019 World Cup.

Here is what he told the Greek national television:

“We are open, with open arms. Who wouldn’t want to have such a great athlete on the national team? One that takes awards and distinctions in the USA.

At the same time, he’s a kid who learned basketball in Greece. Greece helped him a lot, from all aspects. He’s in the USA today playing with a Greek passport and that’s very important. And his brothers. His whole family is about basketball.”

Vassilakopoulos also stated that hopefully the entire Antetokounmpo family will play for the national team:

“I hope he’ll be with us, like his brothers. One of them (Panathinaikos forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo) plays in Greece. They are a very good family that loves Greece.”

The star of the Milwaukee Bucks last played for the Greek national team in the 2016 Olympic Qualifiers tournament. He missed the 2017 EuroBasket, due to a knee injury.