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Olympiacos players sent a letter to the Greek Basketball Federation, stating they will not join the team, due to the presence of Rick Pitino.

Rick Pitino took over the national team of Greece a few weeks ago, but also became the head coach of Panathinaikos a couple of days ago.

Kostas Papanikolaou, Giorgos Printezis and Antonis Koniaris met with coach Pitino, when the latter became the head coach of Greece, but they were unaware he would take over Panathinaikos, too.

Therefore, and given the rivalry between the “Reds” and the “Greens”, they are not willing to play for Greece in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament next summer and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, should Greece qualify.