Green had previously played in Euroleague during 2013/2014 (with Montepaschi Siena), before getting his first NBA contract, with the Denver Nuggets. And he has no problem admitting to Eurohoops, that returning to the best league in the world, is among his top ambitions. “I think that my decision to join Olympiacos can skyrocket my career. I believe it will help me return to the NBA. I am a part of a great organization. I have excellent teammates, I will play in Euroleague, the second biggest league in the planet, and I’ll prove that I can do important things at the top level of basketball.”
Giannis Bourousis chose to return to his country after 2011 to play for Panathinaikos. During the Media Day of the “Greens” he discussed the reasons that he didn’t chose to sign with an NBA team, despite the offers he received from the best league in the planet. “I was about to go to the NBA, before signing with Panathinaikos. It was my main goal and if I found exactly what I was looking for, I’d make the jump. But I didn’t because I wanted to sign a two-year deal,” he said to Eurohoops. “All I got was offers for one year only. I couldn’t say yes to them and have to take my family in the USA just for some months.”
But on the back of his mind, lies the ambition to become an NBA player. “That’s my biggest goal man. To play in the NBA”, Patric Young said to Eurohoops. “I want to compete in the top league of the planet and among the best players. But that’s a long term plan. Right now, the focus of my attention is on Olympiacos. It’s all about how I can be better and help my team with all my power”
But what has been forgotten is the number of NBA players who passed on those Athens Games. Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady, Paul Pierce, and Jason Kidd all elected not to play, leaving Iverson on an island. “That was a very touchy situation for me because when everybody didn’t end up going, me and Tim Duncan went,” Iverson said. “We went to represent our country. That’s no shot at the guys that didn’t go. I totally understand why they didn’t. I totally understand and all of them remain my friends. I still have the utmost respect for all of those guys. But me and Tim went.”
When Team USA rebuilt its Olympic squad for Beijing in 2008, Iverson was not invited. “As great as a season as I had, arguably one of the best seasons that I ever had, I wasn’t invited to go, that’s something that I wouldn’t say hurt me to this day, but the acknowledgment is there,” he said. “And the hurt will always exist because I felt that I truly should have been a part of the team. I should obviously be saying that I have a gold medal at 41 years old.”
It sounds almost unreal, however according to reports from the Greek island of Mykonos, US gold medalist Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan have already arrived from Rio, Brazil, to celebrate their success! As you see in the footage, there’s no doubt that Durant and Jordan were filmed in Mykonos partying, still the question is if the date on this video is true. Still their mood is great and you can enjoy the video.