Nigerian-born Milwaukee Bucks of America star, Giannis Adetokunbo (Antetokounmpo) is dreaming of winning this year’s FIBA Basketball World Cup with his adopted country, Greece, which he says would be better than every individual honour he has won in the game of giants.
Speaking ahead of this year’s global slamming championship in China, Adetokunbo reflected on his personal gains in America, the latet of which was the most valuable player (MVP) award of the past season, but ‘The Greek Freak’ stressed that it pales to what he wants with Greece.
At the World Cup, Antetokounmpo will get to play with his two siblings, Thanasis and Kostas, together with which he restated the level of zeal and importance he places on winning for his home country.
His journey from Greece to the NBA has been well-documented, and he has definitely not forgotten about his roots despite the fame he has accrued in the United States.
Antetokounmpo is set to become the first reigning MVP to compete in the World Cup. He will be the highest-profile player at the tournament by a long shot because many American stars turned down the opportunity to compete for their country this year.
On Saturday, New York Knicks forward Julius Randle became the latest player to withdraw his name from the roster, adding to a list that includes James Harden, Zion Williamson, Kevin Love, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal and Tobias Harris.
With Team USA not fielding its strongest roster, the field at the World Cup is more open than expected. Experienced countries like Spain and a team like Greece that boasts the best talent in Antetokounmpo could give the Americans a run for their money.
‘The Greek Freak’ admitted that winning the MVP meant a lot for him, which was obvious based off his emotional acceptance speech at the NBA awards, but he stressed that he is willing to give it up for Greece to win gold at the FIBA World Cup, which begins on August 31.
Antetokounmpo told the FIBA World Cup 2019 official website: “I would exchange the MVP title for the gold medal in China.”