“I thought we were a better team than Spain”

2015-10-12T20:52:27+00:00 2015-10-12T20:52:27+00:00.

Aris Barkas

12/Oct/15 20:52


In an article on Milwaukee Bucks’ website regarding Giannis Antetokounmpo’s summer international adventure, the “Greek Freak” reveals his thoughts on the loss to Spain in the quarter-finals of the 2015 Eurobasket and makes it clear he will play much better this season

By Yiannis Bouranis/ info@eurohoops.net

Milwaukee Bucks consider Giannis Antetokounmpo to be one of their most important assets in their effort to create a great team in the NBA. So, they pay great attention to him and the last post regarding Giannis was about his summer international travel.

During the interview, Antetokounmpo talked, among other things, about his experience in South Africa, where he played in the NBA’s first game in Africa and took part in a Basketball Without Borders event which took place there in the first days of August.

“It meant a lot to get to play this game and represent Team Africa. I grew up in Greece, but this was a chance for me to represent my parents by playing for the African team, so I was really excited for it,” the “Greek Freak” said.

Regarding the facets of the game in which he believes he has been developed, the 20-year-old forward added: “Little things – the post, my shot, which I’ve been holding the ball and shooting the ball a little bit higher; also my body – not getting specifically bigger, but stronger. Hopefully all of this will help me get better.”

Giannis talked about his participation in the 2015 Eurobasket with the Greek national team: “It was a great experience. I’m very happy that I was able to represent Greece in the championship. I learned a lot. I played seven games in 10 nights. That helped me a lot to get better when I came back here.”

He also revealed his thoughts about the dramatic loss to Spain (73-71) in the quarter-finals, despite his impressive performance (12 points, 17 rebounds): “I was disappointed because I thought we were a better team than Spain. I don’t know what happened that night. That’s basketball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t. Congratulations to Spain. It feels a lot better to know that you lost to the best team from the Euro Championship.”