Missas: “If Giannis was healthy and the Bucks asked him not to play, he would play”

2017-08-27T10:45:35+00:00 2017-08-27T10:46:56+00:00.

Aris Barkas

27/Aug/17 10:45


The Antetokounmpo-gate still is the talk of the Eurobasket in Greece and national team coach Kostas Missas confirmed that the will of the player was clear.

By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net

Speaking on the Greek newspaper “To Vima”, Missas gave more details about the health condition of the Greek freak, which is the reason that keeps him out of the Eurobasket.

“The story with Giannis is crystal clear”, said Missas. “Giannis wanted to play. That was his goal from the get-go, despite the condition of his knee, which wouldn’t create him any major issue. From day one, he was under great pressure from the Bucks, but he tried his best, giving 100% in every practice. The final decision has to do with him failing in the Bucks‘ test. And that’s the end of discussion”.

Still, the Greek coach implies that the pressure of the Bucks was more than expected. “When I talked with the GM of the Bucks and asked him if he was aware of Giannis condition after the events in which he participated during the summer, he didn’t said anything. Silence. Also a point of infringement is that the medical team of the Bucks should have come in Athens to evaluate the condition of the player”.

According to Missas, if Giannis was 100% healthy, then he would play in the Eurobasket: “After the first stage of our training camp the other players of the team were informed about the situation with Giannis, his health and the upcoming trip to China. I have also to say that last year Giannis put on hold his deal with the Bucks in order to play in the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but we can’t forget that Giannis is also a 22 years old kid. And in order to close the whole issue, I have to say that if Giannis was healthy and the Bucks asked him not to play, he would play”.