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The main stage of the basketball world moves to Asia, where in the next couple of weeks, the 2023 FIBA World Championship will take place. Greece, a country that won the silver medal back in 2006, has one of the best players in the world today, Giannis Antetokounmpo. How competitive Greece will be, mainly depends on the fact will Giannis Antetokounmpo play at FIBA World Cup 2023,
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Will the Greek Freak play at FIBA World Cup?
Just over two weeks before the start of the 2023 FIBA World Cup, Antetokounmpo announced on his Twitter profile that he will not be able to play at the tournament. He had a tough ending of the last season, suffering a back injury in the opening Playoff round against the Miami Heat, which eventually cost the Bucks the Playoffs. Shortly after, Antetokounmpo had surgery on his left knee and despite his desire, he is not ready to join the Greek team for the World Cup.
Everyone knows my passion and love for my National Team has and never will change. Since the conclusion of my NBA season I have been pushing my body to the limits to be the player I need to be to help our team achieve the goals we set.
But after months of work and multiple… pic.twitter.com/1uhTlfNZVE
— Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) August 11, 2023
Giannis Antetokounmpo FIBA World Cup Resume
Antetokounmpo has played at four major events for the Greek national team, including two FIBA World Cups. He made his debut at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, averaging 6.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in six appearances for Greece, who finished ninth in the competition.
Five years later, Antetokounmpo became the first reigning NBA MVP to play at the World Cup. He averaged 14.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.4 steals per game as Greece finished in 11th place.
He has also played in two European Championships. At the 2022 EuroBasket, Antetokounmpo was the top scorer of the tournament averaging 29.3 points per game.
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