The Milwaukee Bucks and the Hellenic Basketball Federation, the sport’s governing body in Greece, have reached a compromise that will allow young forward Giannis Antetokounmpo to participate in the Las Vegas Summer League with the Bucks while still getting a chance to represent Greece at the FIBA World Cup in Spain this summer.
Eurohoops.net reported the compromise that was struck between Antetokounmpo’s NBA team and his native land.
The HBF wanted Antetokounmpo to play for its under-20 national team during Eurobasket, scheduled for July 8-20 in Crete. The Bucks, on the other hand, want their All-Rookie second teamer to play for their summer league entry beginning July 11.
Antetokoumpo will now skip the Eurobasket U20 tournament and then will report to Greece’s senior national team training camp to try and earn a spot on its entry into the FIBA World Cup in Spain, which will be played Aug. 30-Sept. 14.
It seems like a good compromise, allowing Antetokounmpo to develop his NBA skills—he showed great potential as a rookie in 2013-14, but that potential was interspersed with moments that showed just how raw he is as a talent—while also giving him an opportunity to play for his national team during what used to be known as the FIBA World Championships.
Greece placed 11th in the 2010 FIBA event held in Turkey. Team USA beat host Turkey to win the gold medal.