However, as RC Buford said to the Greek channel OTE TV, he was also eager to meet Giorgos Printezis. Printezis’ NBA rights belong to the Spurs and Buford met him for the first time. What’s more interesting is that Buford kept the NBA door open for him. As RC Buford said: “It was good to meet with Giorgos. We traded for his rights last summer and this was the first time I got to spend some time with him. I have never met him before”. Printezis has a contract with Olympiacos until the summer of 2017, but Buford doesn’t exclude anything: “I think that a part of this decision belongs to him. For sure we will be following him and if our needs fit his needs, then we will see what happens”.
“I was disappointed because I thought we were a better team than Spain. I don’t know what happened that night. That’s basketball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t. Congratulations to Spain. It feels a lot better to know that you lost to the best team from the Euro Championship.”
Antetokounmpo embraced a prominent role in Greece’s offense, and he hopes the experience benefits him in his third NBA season and beyond. “For sure, I became more comfortable,” he said. “My experience helped me a lot. It got me more ready for training camp and the season.”
AEK Athens is expected to cut former NBA big man Daniel Orton for disciplinary reasons. Per SDNA, AEK Athens have called Orton to apologize since they are very troubled with his behaviour. Orton,in the halftime of the game between AEK and the Skyliners,was laughing in the locker rooms. Sakota admonished him and when he left the locker rooms, Orton was out of control and started to smash things. Assistant coach Angelos Koronios tried to calm him down but Orton pushed him back. What is more,the 25-year-old center in the past, had missed unreasonably a training and had abandoned a team dinner.
Nicolas Batum speaking on Greek channel OTE TV he had only good things to say about Giannis Antetokounmpo and about his impressive improvement. According to the French, star the “Greek freak” has already taken the next step: “Antetokounmpo is amazing. His game against Spain was impressive. He is huge and very long. He is almost a 7 footer and he can play like a guard. You see him dribbling on the court and he runs with the ball like great perimeter players do. When he has the ball in his hands, he dribbles like Tony Parker”.