Rick Pitino: “I am not anti-Harden, I am pro-Giannis”

2020-02-29T18:22:06+00:00 2020-02-29T18:23:07+00:00.

Aris Barkas

29/Feb/20 18:22


The coach of Panathinaikos and the Greek national team fully supports Giannis Antetokounmpo in his recent debate with James Harden.

By Aris Barkas/ barkas@eurohoops.net

It started with a tweet and continued with quotes after the Greek League game of Panathinaikos against Larisa. The Greens won 121-78 and coach Rick Pitino expressed his full support on Giannis Antetokounmpo, which he expects to coach in the Greek national team to the upcoming Olympic Games.

As Pitino said: “Anytime I see something negative for a Greek player, I have to step up and say something positive. I am not anti-Harden, I am not against anyone. I am pro-Giannis. And I hope that we will make it to the Olympic Games and coach him”. 

Pitino has tweeted yesterday the following message, clearly supporting Giannis.

Giannis Antetokounmpo himself addressed the whole debate with James Harden saying in an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that he wished he could be seven-feet tall and just dunk referring to the Greek Freak and implying that he is lacking skills.

Meanwhile, Pitino and Panathinaikos are dominating the Greek League with a 17-2 record.