HoopsHype Thanasis Antetokounmpo rumors
According to an NBA source, the Knicks drafted him with plans of stashing him in Europe for one season, even if he has a good summer league. Antetokounmpo could have other ideas and the Knicks claim officially no decision has been made yet. The Knicks will hold their first summer-league practice Tuesday in Vegas. Antetokounmpo was selected with the 51st pick by the Knicks as part of the Mavericks trade. New York Post
Six-foot-six Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the 21-year-old defensive specialist whom the Knicks drafted with the 51st pick, may play next season in Greece, where there is interest from teams. He will play in the summer league for the Knicks in July and they will decide if he’s ready after. The older brother of the Bucks’ Giannis, he played for the D-League’s Delaware franchise but is said to be raw offensively. New York Post
He never knew how life would eventually work in his favor, but, "We just knew it would. We just knew," he said. Lotsos called Antetokounmpo "the most polite" client he has had in 25 years. In Greece, residents celebrate Name Day, and for Lotsos that is Dec. 6. It's like a birthday, Lotsos said, and a few years ago, Antetokounmpo kept asking Lotsos to come visit the family's apartment on Lotsos' Name Day. Finally, Lotsos stopped over and Antetokounmpo gave him a nice bottle of Greek wine. USA Today Sports
"I knew he was broke," Lotsos said. "I was giving him a little money and he was saving some of it to give me a gift. I've had many clients in years. A lot became millionaires. They might call or send a text on Name Day, but nobody ever bothered to give me a gift. But there was a kid who didn't have enough money to take the bus and saved what he could. "He is really, really special." USA Today Sports
New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft, the team has drafted Cleanthony Early from Wichita State with the 34th overall selection and Thanasis Antetokounmpo from Athens, Greece and the Delaware 87ers of the NBA D-League with the 51st overall selection. Both picks were acquired yesterday from Dallas. NBA.com
Rick Bonnell: Glenn Robinson III and C.J. Fair are probably most familiar names at Hornets' pre-draft workout tomorrow. Thanasis Antetokounmpo (D-League), DeAndre Daniels (UConn), Cleanthony Early (Wichita St.), Melvin Ejim (Iowa St.) also auditioning. Twitter @rick_bonnell
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