Giannis Antetokounmpo: “The game in Europe is much more difficult”

As he was relatively discreet in front of the microphones during the EuroBasket, the press conference was re-recorded Giannis Antetokounmpo was expected. Greece were among the favorites at the start of the competition, but eventually fell short in the quarter-finals against Germany.

Thus, the “Greek Freak” expressed himself about this new enriching international experience on all levels, even if it didn’t really end the way he wanted.

“It’s tight, you end up getting a little red. I’ve been playing a lot of basketball over the past few years and haven’t really been able to take a break, not just physically but mentally. Just getting away from the game for a bit, spending time with your family, doing what you love, sitting on the couch doing nothing, you need these things to be a good gamer, even though it may seem strange, he declared.

His greatest pride is to have revived the passion around the Greek national team.

“It was a great experience representing my country, I had fun and it was the first time I saw determined people who believed in it. Basketball is definitely back in Greece. Even though we didn’t bring home a medal, people had hope, they followed us, and that was the most incredible thing. They pinched it for us and for the flag. It is not easy to represent your country on the national team. You represent an entire country (…). Physically and mentally I ended up tired. It was great, now I can’t wait for the season to start”.

Lack of space complicates things for Giannis Antetokounmpo

EuroBasket in September at least has the advantage of serving as preparation for training camp.

Giannis Antetokounmpo therefore showed up at the Bucks training center sharper than ever. In terms of learning the game as well, the “Greek Freak” wasted no time.

“First of all, the game in Europe is much harder than in the NBA. It’s not a lack of respect, talent is very high in the NBA. It’s space. Here you have a lot of lines to run, to create. It’s more intense there. They pick you up terrain, mate you, go from terrain to man to man, grab two to five seconds from the end, there are fewer queues for the driver »He continued. “It’s more physical, I don’t know if it’s to compensate for the talent, but in any case it’s more difficult. Playing there prepares you for the season. It puts you in a better position to be healthy and ready to attack training camp.

The Bucks star, used to shining in the transition game, remains less comfortable in set plays when he’s expected near the circle and pushed halfway back. From this point of view, this EuroBasket will have been beneficial for him.

“EuroBasket made me progress in the management of the space. Playing with less space helps me understand things better. Now when I come to an NBA game, I will feel that there will be so much space to create for my teammates or me. It had already helped me before, like when I came back from China in 2019”.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Percentage Bounces
Season Crew GM Minimum Shot 3 points LF Of def Early p.d party International bp CT Points
2013-14 MILE 77 25 41.4 34.7 68.3 1.0 3.4 4.4 2.0 2.3 0.8 1.6 0.8 6.8
2014-15 MILE 81 31 49.1 15.9 74.1 1.2 5.5 6.7 2.6 3.1 0.9 2.1 1.1 12.7
2015-16 MILE 80 35 50.6 25.7 72.4 1.4 6.2 7.7 4.3 3.2 1.2 2.6 1.4 16.9
2016-17 MILE 80 36 52.1 27.2 77.0 1.8 7.0 8.8 5.4 3.1 1.6 2.9 1.9 22.9
2017-18 MILE 75 37 52.9 30.7 76.0 2.1 8.0 10.0 4.8 3.1 1.5 3.0 1.4 26.9
2018-19 MILE 72 33 57.8 25.6 72.9 2.2 10.3 12.5 5.9 3.2 1.3 3.7 1.5 27.7
2019-20 MILE 63 30 55.3 30.4 63.3 2.2 11.4 13.6 5.6 3.1 1.0 3.7 1.1 29.5
2020-21 MILE 61 33 56.9 30.3 68.5 1.6 9.4 11.0 5.9 2.8 1.2 3.4 1.2 28.2
2021-22 MILE 67 33 55.3 29.3 72.2 2.0 9.6 11.6 5.8 3.2 1.1 3.3 1.4 29.9
Total 656 33 53.5 28.8 71.8 1.7 7.7 9.4 4.6 3.0 1.2 2.9 1.3 21.8

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