Adetokunbo will not play in the World Cup.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Adetokunbo announced on social media on Monday (Aug. 11) that he will not play in the 카지노사이트 2023 FIBA World Cup in late August.
Greece is drawn in Group C with Jordan, the United States, and New Zealand. The team announced its preliminary roster on July 18 and has been warming up with recent trials.
However, it was unclear if two-time NBA regular season MVP and absolute ace Yannis Adetokunbo would be able to participate. Adetokunbo was torn between resting and competing in the aftermath of a knee injury.
After much deliberation, Adetokunbo decided to sit out the World Cup. The decision was made in consultation with his medical team.
“Everyone knows that my passion and love for my national team has not changed and will not change,” Adetokunbo said. Since the end of the NBA season, I pushed my body to the limit to be the player Greece needed to achieve its goals. However, after months of rehabilitation and multiple meetings with the medical staff, it became clear that I was not ready to compete at the level required to participate in the World Cup. This was the only option that would guarantee me a return to the level of basketball I have worked so hard to achieve so far in my career.”
“I am very disappointed with this outcome, but it was the medical staff’s decision. I will continue to push myself to be ready for the next time my name is on the roster. My personal and ultimate goal is to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics and I will be ready to represent my country next year.”
Adetokunbo’s absence from the World Cup is a major blow to Greece’s lineup. Adetokunbo will focus on getting back to full strength and then play the NBA season and try to qualify for next year’s Olympic Games in Paris.