Thanasis whose name appeared also in the pre-selection roster of Nigeria, which has already qualified in Rio, explained: “I called them and told them that I want to play for Greece. I grew up in Greece, I am feeling Greek and that’s my dream”.
Giannis also explained his situation, concerning the Bucks: “I want to play for the national team. The Bucks know it. We have not talked yet for this matter. Even if they are negative, I would try to convince them to let me play”.
The French basketball federation announced today the 17-players preselection of the team for the upcoming Olympic qualifying tournament. As expected, many players from the NBA are missing, but Tony Parker, Boris Diawy and Nicolas Batum are included, even if the last two have a big question mark near their name. If they manage to get a new deal in time in the NBA and sign it, then they may be able to play in Manila’s tournament which starts on the 5th of July.
In an interview on San Martino RTV Gallinari said said that Italy are desperate for a return to the Olympic Games for the first time since Athens 2004. “We are the strongest team in our group,” Gallinari said. “We are the team to beat and we have to win it. We’ll have the chance to do that in front of our fans.”