Giannis Antetokounmpo: The Bucks and John Hammond chose me in the draft, got me in the NBA, kept me in the team with a role from my very first season and they are my basketball family. Not only that, but already at this young age, they have enough faith in me as a leader and they are doing everything in order to develop all of my potential. From my side, I feel that I want to be playing in the Bucks. I’m not talking about my next contract. The way I feel now, I want to keep playing for the Milwaukee Bucks for the next 20 years! You never know how life turns out. Three years ago I was thinking that I might be playing for Filathlitikos forever! All of a sudden, the draft emerged, the NBA, the Bucks and everything that followed. I don’t know how I’ll be feeling and thinking in 2, 3 or more years. Right now I feel like I want to play for the Milwaukee Bucks forever.
August 27, 2016 | 8:30 pm EDT Update
The weather in New York has been good lately. A little bit too hot, if you ask Lance Thomas, but good nonetheless. His summer has been even better. “Oh my summer’s been good,” Thomas told Elite Sports NY during Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Block Party in Brooklyn, N.Y. “I got to go fishing a little bit. I’m here in Brooklyn, where I was born. I’ve been enjoying every bit of my summer, but I’m ready to get back and play.”
“We made some power moves. We’ve got some dogs on this roster,” Thomas told Elite Sports NY. “We got some guys who are hungry and who personally feel like they have something to prove. So if we can keep that attitude, make it a collective attitude and we all want the same thing, I don’t see why we [can’t compete].”
Among the Knicks’ additions was former Suns coach Jeff Hornacek. Thomas said he spoke to his new head coach shortly after Hornacek signed his three-year deal this off-season. “I like him. He wants to win,” he said. “When you’re talking to him, you can tell that he didn’t come here just to get a job. He came here to help us win this season. So I’m on board with that, and I think everyone on the team who has met him already is on board with that. So I’m ready to work.”
The 2016 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame consists of: PLAYERS: Panagiotis Fasoulas (Greece); Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria/USA); Manuel Raga (Mexico); Juan Antonio San Epifanio (Spain); Michele Timms (Australia). COACH: Jorge Canavesi (Argentina). CONTRIBUTOR: David J. Stern (USA).