EURO BASKET 2017 - Group A: GREECE
BIO: That’s true that a big opportunity comes when you least expect it, Kostas Missas at the age of 63 has the honor (and the responsibility) to lead the Greeks in what will be officially the new era: that of Giannis Antetokounmpo. The All Star player of the Bucks will be the core surrounded by a team abundant of mature players at the maximum level as Calathes, Sloukas and the great veterans Printezis and Bourousis, but they will not lack of the energy and the freshness of the emerging unit, composed by “mister March” Tyler Dorsey and by the Sacramento Kings big-man Giannis Papagiannis; so the Greece reinvents itself but of course does not become less fearsome, and after the failures at EuroBasket 2015 and at the pre-Olympic of Torino, it becomes a candidate to be one of the most threatening team of the whole competition.
QUALIFIED: Got the fifth place ex aequo with Italy, after have suffered a burning defeat in the quarter finals against the Spain at the end of a match decided only in the last minutes
EYES ON: Giannis Antetokounmpo; the model of a total player, his limits seem to be unfathomable and he has already got – at the age of 22 - the privilege of be mentioned in the starters of the NBA All-Star Game. We expect by him an absolute domain, which certainly will not be easy; but maybe, the seeds of his terrible 0/7 in the three-point shot against the Croatia, which has denied to his team the possibility to get the Olympic Games, could be the incentive to make him more determined: with the right will he can be the Mvp, easy risk.
CALENDAR: in Helsinki: 31/08 vs Iceland – 02/09 vs France – 03/09 vs Slovenia – 05/09 vs Finland – 06/09 vs Poland