Vinny Del Negro, one of three candidates who interviewed to replace Karl when the Nuggets ultimately hired Shaw, also is expected to be on Denver’s radar, league sources say. Nate McMillan, who replaced Shaw on the Indiana bench under Frank Vogel in 2013, is another intriguing name.
February 19, 2017 | 10:45 am EST Update
Brian Windhorst: Two teams in the last year have said ‘You know what? We’re not so sure about Serge, we’re gonna move on from him.’ And yet it wouldn’t surprise me if Serge Ibaka is earning more money next year than Kevin Love.
At that time, Antetokounmpo had only dabbled in basketball and was mostly interested in soccer. “He could not make a layup and he could not dribble,” says Spiros Velliniatis. But the teenager’s character impressed Velliniatis, with a determination and toughness that showed through. “He was a champion before he was a basketball player,” Velliniatis said.
Tzikas remembers times when the Antetokounmpo brothers were not welcome on the neighborhood courts. Most of the time, Tzikas said, the boys’ father took them to the courts and the kids were protected from violence. Besides helping find the boys’ parents jobs, Zivas said the general manager for Filathlitikos gave the family money to underscore the club’s commitment. The family eventually moved into a better neighborhood, closer to where the club was located. Once settled, Giannis prospered. “He was a leader in the youth team and quickly made it to the seniors,” Zivas recalls. “He was the team worker. The team expected him to rebound, block. (Scoring) points did not interest him.”