The NBA’s MVP will be plying his trade this summer in China.
During a press conference presenting his first signature shoe with Nike, the Zoom Freak 1, Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo confirmed that he will play for Greece in this summer’s FIBA World Cup, which runs from Aug. 31-Sept. 15 in China.
“I haven’t talked with the coach yet,” Antetokounmpo said in Athens on Monday. “I don’t know which position I will play in. But I don’t care. I just want to play. Whether I play as a guard or as a center, I don’t care. I’m a basketball player. I want to help the team in every way.”
Greece went 11-1 in European qualifiers heading into the World Cup and will compete in Group F along with Brazil, Montenegro and New Zealand. The top two teams in that group will move on to Group K where they will play the top two teams from Group E, which includes the United States.
Antetokounmpo competed with the Greek national team in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. He also represented his country in EuroBasket 2015 and the Olympic qualifying tournament in 2016.
During the summer of 2017, Antetokounmpo joined the Greek team in its preparations for EuroBasket, but had to bow out due to a knee injury.