Antetokounmpo to play for Greece at World Cup

Tanya Simon
July 2, 2019

Voted the NBA's most valuable player (MVP) for the 2018-19 regular season, the 24-year-old Milwaukee Bucks forward said: "I want to be there to help my country achieve something good".

"Whether I play the 1 (point guard) or the 5 (center), I don't care", Antetokounmpo added.

Under the outstanding leadership of coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos, Greece won 11 of their 12 games in the European Qualifiers.

After almost two years since he's played minutes with the Greek national team, Antetokounmpo joining the fold in advance of their run during the World Cup in China will obviously be a big boost to their chances to take home a medal.

According to Nike, the Air Zoom Freak 1 pulls on inspiration from Giannis' love for the Nike Kobe line, which shouldn't come as a surprise considering the Greek Freak rocked Kobes throughout all of last season.

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He will also attend a 3x3 tournament he sponsors near his Athens home, where he first played basketball.

He credited his hard work and great support system in his family, girlfriend and agent, as well as his self-belief.

Antetokounmpo is the first worldwide basketball player to ever have a signature shoe with Nike.

"When my agent told me that I would have the chance to have my own design and give back to the community I was very excited", said the National Basketball Association 2018-19 MVP.

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