HoopsHype Giannis Antetokoumpo rumors


June 27, 2013 Updates

Niki Bakouli: (1/2) Antetokounmpo @Giannis Antetokoumpo may have flown to NY for tonights' #NBA draft, but the latest info that we are receiving today are not good. A promise that was given to the player (@Giannis Antetokoumpo) by a team that is picking somewhere on the 20s, is no longer on the table Twitter @Eurohoopsnet

June 25, 2013 Updates

Like other immigrants to Greece, his parents struggled to find work. Adetokunbo and his older brother, Thanasis, would help out by hawking watches, bags and sunglasses. In doing so, they jeopardized their roster spots because they were missing practices. They also missed meals. “Sometimes, our fridge was empty,” said Adetokunbo, who turned 18 in December. “Some days, we didn’t sell the stuff and we didn’t have money to feed ourselves.” The good days brought “just enough,” he said, to make the rent, pay a water or electric bill, or buy food. New York Times

Filathlitikos helped Giannis Adetokunbo’s mother find work, and Spiros Velliniatis, the coach who persuaded the Adetokunbo brothers to try basketball, said he and others chipped in to help the family on occasion. “You’re in front of Mozart and he has no food, what do you give him? You have a dilemma,” Velliniatis said. “The answer is not a violin. The answer is a loaf of bread.” New York Times

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Game footage of Giannis Adetokunbo playing with the U20 Greek National Team in Jesolo Italy against the U20 Croatian National team. This is Adetokunbo's first ever game played outside of Greece and was attended by approximately 50 NBA scouts and executives. DraftExpress.com

June 10, 2013 Updates

Once again, Adetokubo did his best work on the defensive end, where his length and foot speed allowed him to contest perimeter shots, defend multiple positions after switching, rotate from the weakside to challenge shots, and trap ball-handlers in the corners. Though he lacks strength, the 18 year old didn't let himself get pushed around by the more experienced player he was competing against, showing the type of toughness he'll need as he begins to compete more regularly against quality competition. The NBA scouts in attendance had a hard time hiding how impressed that were with his poise and basketball relative to where he's at in his learning curve. Teams in the 20's believe there's virtually no chance he gets to them. While Adetokunbo was far from dominant here, he helped himself in a major way by showing that he can hold his own against legitimate players over the last two days against a collection of talented pros from Italy and Turkey which will earn him a significant boost in our top-100 rankings and 2013 mock draft when we make our next updates. DraftExpress.com

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