Giannis Antetokounmpo will not play the Basketball World Cup


Greek forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will not participate in the Basketball World Cup, which takes place from August 25 to September 10 in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia, because he is not “ready to compete at the level that is needed” in such a tournament .

“After months of work and multiple meetings with the medical staff, I am not ready to compete at the level that is needed to participate in the World Cup. This was my only option to ensure that I return to the level of basketball that I have been for. worked so hard so far in my career. I am extremely disappointed with this result, but it was a decision made with the medical staff,” Antetokounmpo announced on his official ‘X’ account.

Despite this absence, her “personal objective” and the “end” of the Hellenic team is to qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games, for what would surely have to be the best European in the World Cup, or play a Pre-Olympic next year. “It will be an honor to represent my national team next year,” concluded the Milwaukee Bucks player, who is following in the footsteps of Serbian center Nikola Jokic, another NBA star who has resigned from Mundobasket.