HoopsHype Kostas Papanikolaou rumors

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George Sfairopoulos, the agent who represents the 6-9 small forward, says the likely scenario is Portland opting to trade Papanikolaou's rights. “As of now, we don't have any sign that leads us to believe that Kostas will go to Portland,” Sfairopoulos told CSNNW.com. “Therefore, we believe that he will not be in the plans of the organization next season and probably will be traded.” CSNNW.com

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News out of Europe today that Kostas Papanikolaou, whose rights the Trail Blazers acquired in the deal that sent Raymond Felton and Kurt Thomas to the Knicks, has been named the Euroleague's Rising Star Trophy winner for the 2012-13 season. The award goes every year to the best player under the age of 22 competing on a Euroleague team. Papanikolaou narrowly beat out Nikola Mirotic, the 23rd pick in the 2011 Draft, for the award. TrailBlazers.com

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Kostas Papanikolaou was picked at no 48 of this year’s draft, but it was the New York Knicks fans reaction after hearing his name that made headlines around the world and provoked many comments! However, until now there wasn’t any comment by the 22 years old forward about that night. Papanikolaou remains a player of Euroleague champion Olympiacos but as he clarified to Eurohoops.net he wants at some point of his career to take the next step and prove that he has a place in the NBA. “To get drafted at the 48th pick by a team like New York was a good experience for me. I was really very happy because it’s a new opportunity for me in my life to try something new. You know, whenever a kid starts to play basketball, his dream it to play in the NBA. So I would love one day to be there, become a part of the NBA and to work it out, to make it happen let’s say”. EuroHoops.net

How did he experienced the Knicks fans’s reaction? He was in Brazil with the rest of the Greek national team and just minutes before being picked he was joking with his teammates and predicted that New York would picked him at no. 48. But a little later the joke was on him. “For the fans and all that they did on my pick…they didn’t like it when the Knicks actually picked me. I don’t have any problem with that, because they don’t really know me, they haven’t seen me play yet. So it’s didn’t bother me at all. I just want to get there and show to them that I can make it and I can be a part of the NBA”. EuroHoops.net

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