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Giannis Antetokounmpo landed in the first senior national team training camp after his NBA rookie year when he was 19 in 2014. His teammates and head coach Fotis Katsikaris were slightly confused because of Giannis’ seriousness. The Milwaukee Bucks forward didn’t even smile in the first days. As recalled in Mirin Fader’s book “Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP,” one Greek NT veteran took Giannis’ seriousness for rudeness and was ready to fight him.
“Tell this kid to change his attitude because I’m going to punch his face,” the player approached Katsikaris and told to head coach. Some veterans thought that Giannis was cocky just because he was coming off the NBA. “He was a high draft pick, but we didn’t know how his game would fit. We didn’t know if he could help up,” Calathes was quoted in “Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP.”
Katsikaris joined the Jazz as an assistant and he felt right at home, under coach Quin Snyder who has also experience in Europe and even has a play named after one of the best players of the old continent. “There is indeed a “Spanoulis” play and it is not just one”, confirmed Katsikaris, while speaking to the media on a conference call. “There are different option and moves, starting with a move under the basket and then with a handoff, something Olympiacos has always done with Spanoulis and coach Snyder has adapted it to his philosophy”.
Fotis Katsikaris joined the Jazz as an assistant and he felt right at home, under coach Quin Snyder who has also experience in Europe and even has a play named after one of the best players of the old continent. “There is indeed a “Spanoulis” play and it is not just one”, confirmed Katsikaris, while speaking to the media on a conference call. “There are different option and moves, starting with a move under the basket and then with a handoff, something Olympiacos has always done with Spanoulis and coach Snyder has adapted it to his philosophy”.
For Katsikaris on a personal level, the move to the NBA is the biggest challenge yet, even if he was a head coach in Europe for 15 years: “When I received coach Snyder’s invitation, I realized this was my biggest challenge. Apart from the fact that it was my dream to be in the NBA, the time was right for this decision. I felt, of course, like closing a 15-year cycle and starting a new one, of course using my experience but on a different role. That was what I thought, making the decision to do something new, to rejuvenate myself.”