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May 12, 2015 Updates

In their old Athens neighborhood of Sepolia Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo played once again a pick up basketball game in the open gym of Triton, where they learned the sport. Dozens of local residents gathered around them and also had the chance to play with them, like their old friends and teammates Sokratis Psaropoulos and Kanelos Garbis. After the game which was announced by the brothers themselves via social media, Giannis said: “I want to thank every one and all the kids who came to see us. We will try to do it every year in order to have fun with out friends and remember old times. I will always miss my neighborhood. Two days after the playoffs I am back here. That says everything”. EuroHoops.net

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Antetokounmpo’s Greece-based agent, Nick Lotsis, told The Post on Monday he spoke to GM Steve Mills last week. “We have not heard anything today,’’ Lotsis said. “We had a discussion with Steve Mills with the past week. There was no clear indication about whether he’ll be there for the remainder of the season or if they are thinking next season. He said he’s thinking seriously about Thanasis for the team’s future. I don’t think it’s clear how the season finishes.’’ New York Post

If they sign him now, he would be regarded as a second-year player next season and his contract would be worth $850,000 – or $320,000 more than rookie scale. “Of course, that’s my dream, to play in the NBA,’’ Antetokounmpo told The Post on Monday, one day after finishing second in the D-League Slam-Dunk contest at Barclays Center. “If I was to get that chance to go to the next level, I’ll put all my heart into it and give everything into it. Even from not playing at all to being a good teammate to being the guy who plays 40 minutes, I’ll do whatever it takes for the team to win.’’ New York Post

Lotsis said he still gets calls, but says Antetokounmpo is committed to this process. “Of course I’m glad,’’ Antetokounmpo said. “I’m a kid, and money really doesn’t matter. People who know me know I would prefer to play the next level, and if they said you’d have the same salary as the D-League or play for free, I’d still say yes. That’s who I am.’’ New York Post

Shams Charania: NYK, Thanasis Antetokounmpo discussed future recently, vision still consistent w/ plan to sign him for '15-16, league sources tell RealGM. All along, Knicks' strong interest in Thanasis Antetokounmpo had clear plan for deal in 2015 summer. Last week's meeting reinforced belief. Twitter @ShamsCharania

The Knicks have reportedly reached a buyout agreement with Amar’e Stoudemire, but his spot on the team won’t likely remain open for long. With some flexibility to be had on the roster, New York already has a plan in place for what’s next, TheKnicksBlog.com has learned. The team is “ready” to call up Thanasis Antetokounmpo, a source tells TKB and SNY.tv. The Knicks Blog

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The loquacious Bucks forward was asked if he thought the Knicks would bring up his brother, who was drafted 51st last June but has been playing in the D-League with the Westchester Knicks after not being signed to the NBA roster. “He’s ready,’’ Antetokounmpo said at the Bucks practice Wednesday at O2 Arena. “I don’t think the Knicks have to lose anything. They lose 15 [straight] now. Tomorrow is going to be 16. They don’t have anything to lose. My brother could bring energy to the team and [is] hard-working, and guys from the team can see that and take something from him.’’ New York Post

November 6, 2014 Updates

Thanasis Antetokounmpo was practicing with his Greek club in August when he realized he had missed two phonecalls from aThanasis number he didn’t recognize. “So I called back and it was Phil,” as in Phil Jackson, Antetokounmpo recalled Wednesday at the Westchester Knicks media day. “And then my phone died and I was rushing to charge my phone to call back.” The Knicks Blog

When Antetokounmpo ultimately did speak with Jackson, the Zenmaster convinced the 6-foot-6 second-round draft pick to come play with the Knicks D-League team instead of playing overseas, where he reportedly could have made as much as $550,000 instead of the $24,600 the D-League offers. What was Jackson’s message in that phonecall? “That they believe in me and the only thing I have to do is believe in myself,” Antetokounmpo said. The Knicks Blog

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Giannis says Thanasis can be 'better' than him: He was probably just being polite, but Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo thinks his brother and Knicks draft pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo can be better than he is. "He can be better than me. I believe that," Giannis said Monday. Giannis added that his brother is "very athletic." "You can't [teach] that. Like some guys are tall. You can't [teach] tallness. The only thing you can do is improve your skills to play in this league. That's what he's doing. Just trying to improve his skills so he can make it in the league." ESPN.com

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