Greece Rumors

The pass was swatted away, Antetokounmpo fouled out and the Greeks eventually lost 79-76. The man who swatted that alley-oop away and looked over Antetokounmpo as his team’s hopes slipped away that day? That’s right: Bruno Caboclo. After the Bucks’ 127-114 win in Memphis on Friday night, Antetokounmpo recalled a conversation he had with former Kings forward and Greek teammate Georgios Papagiannis after that September game. “Oh, yeah. I marked this game,” Antetokounmpo said. “When we lost to Brazil, (Papagiannis) told me he’s playing for Memphis. And I was like, ‘OK, cool. Watch the game.’”
Greece coach Rick Pitino says he is planning on trying to qualify for the 2020 Olympics without Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. Pitino officially took over as coach of the Greek national basketball team on Monday. He said he would leave a roster place open for Antetokounmpo in qualifying games but is not sure if he will be able to rely on his best player.
Storyline: Olympic Games

Rick Pitino to coach Greece

Rick Pitino confirmed he will be Greece’s head coach in next summer’s Olympic qualifying tournament following a meeting with the president of the Greek Basketball Federation George Vassilakopoulos on Friday. “I am the coach” he proclaimed. He previously stated that he’s willing to coach Greece for free upon returning to the country after his stint with Panathinaikos OPAP. “We are going to discuss the logistics on Monday, but obviously it is a great honor for me to accept this position” the 67-year-old American explained, “I’ll spend most of the winter once the brackets are announced, studying the film and going to work.”