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    Bucks will have 4 players (more than any other NBA team) in the FIBA world cup...

    Possibly 3 of them will be starters with their teams...

    Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez are with team USA, Giannis & Thanasis Antetokounmpo are with team Greece...

    USA ranks 1st in odds, Greece ranks 4th...

    A USA vs. Greece final with 4 Bucks players on the court, would add unparalleled world wide prestige to the Bucks...

    FIBA wold cup starts at the 31st of August in China.

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    5 players of the Bucks in the FIBA world cup... Other than Giannis & Thanasis for team Greece and Brook Lopez with Middleton for team USA, Ilyasova will be playing too with the Turkish team...

    Also... coach Popovic called Pat Connaughton to be among the players that will join the team USA training camp, in order to play for "team select" which will help the team USA to prepare.

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    Other than Dorsey calling his coach to tell him that he is extremely sorry he has to withdraw out of the Greek National team this time, due to still be in negotiations with NBA teams as to sign a contract (still a free agent), all the rest of the players that were called showed on the training camp last week and had the official team photographs taken today...

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    Giannis didn't practice today with the Greek squad, due to a gastrenderitis virus keeping him to bed... The joke between his team mates and brothers alike, was that the American secret service under Trump attempted to ...poison his food so that they can take him out, not only because he is a threat to the USA team, but also because he is a personal friend of ex-president Obama...

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckalis View Post
    Giannis didn't practice today with the Greek squad, due to a gastrenderitis virus keeping him to bed... The joke between his team mates and brothers alike, was that the American secret service under Trump attempted to ...poison his food so that they can take him out, not only because he is a threat to the USA team, but also because he is a personal friend of ex-president Obama...
    The gastrenteritis that Giannis got, keeps him in bed for a second day... Team Greece announced today that Giannis won't play against Hungary on friday (the 1st on schedule of the preparation games) while his participation against Iran on Sunday remains doubtful... Did the American secret service tried to poison Giannis food? The question remains...

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    Team Greece has the 1st official preparation game against Hungary right now with only Thanasis missing from the 17 player roster due to a light back soreness... As expected the whole team is built around Giannis with tremendous height... PG Kalathes (the sorter out of all starters at 6.6") seems to have developed a tremendous chemistry with Giannis... Interesting that Giannis has 8/9 made out of his free throws... He attempted a 3pt shot too which went in and out... Of course team Hungary can't provide a serious contender against the Greeks which have put 52 on the board in the first half (20mins in FIBA games).

    Interesting that the Bucks have sent an assistant coach to watch Giannis games and also John Horst is expected in Greece during the following days...

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    Greece at +16 against Iran in the 1st half with 15pts coming from Giannis... Impressive 44% 3pt shooting from the Greek team (no attempts for Giannis, 1/3 made from Thanasis).

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    An impressive performance out of the Greek team this Sunday evening (in Greece) despite it being only the 2nd official practice game... 88-58 against Iran with 40% 3pt shooting...

    Giannis finished the game with 19pts & 10rebs despite being used only 4mins in the 2nd half as the coach used the game to decide who he should reject as to end up with 12 players (which is the max aloud to be in China)...

    Giannis was really impressive despite clearly nowhere near being ready after that gastrenderitis virus that kept him in bed for 3 days with very little food (his body has been visibly affected looking like he's lost some 5 or 6 pounds)...

    The Greek team seemed much more "tight" in this game than the previous one against Hungary, despite playing against Iran which is much stronger than Hungary.

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    Ersan Ilyasova did all this evening... He scored 6 pts against Jordan! No... Not ...Michael Jordan!

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    The Greek team has "cut" 3 players from their 17 player roster and now continue with 14 before they decide on the final 12 player rosteer.

    As expected, Kostas Antetokounmpo was one, with the other two being the two shortest combo guards (Saloustros and Mantzaris)... Clearly, the Greeks are planning to play "lots of length" around Giannis, with only 4 guards in the final 12 player roster and forward Papanikolaou moved to play 2 if needed, in case some emergency in need of an extra guard occurs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by warfelg View Post
    I just watched PJ tucker play 3 minutes of PG with Kemba and Mitchell on the court....


    ...these two scrimmages were a joke. No one is actually playing where they should be. Kemba was posting up while BroLo is running the show up top.
    That's because Pops is trying to decide who will take "playing Giannis" in that "Bucks + Celtics combined (but without Giannis)" team USA... Good luck with that... The Greeks (with Giannis) will "eat them alive"...

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    https://www.facebook.com/milwaukeebu...5307286596286/

    Brolo and Middleton working with Popovic, may prove extremely beneficial for the Bucks...

    Amazing how much weight has Brolo lost... His body looks near perfect now!

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    Serbia has beaten Turkey 87-72 for the Acropolis tournament in an easier than what the score suggests evening... Jokic had 18pts, Bogdanovic 17 but was the best player on the court. It was obvious during the game that Jokic needs to loose weight... Greece vs. Italy comes up next... Ilyasova wasn't too bad...

    Interesting that Radulica was wearing the "Giannis-freak shoes"... Italy vs. Greece comes up next...

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    83-63 for Greece against Italy on the other game of the Acropolis tournament tonight... The Italians were without Gallinari and Dantome who are recovering from injury so that they can be in the FIBA world cup to help the Italian team...

    Less that 18mins for Giannis this evening with 18pts, 9rebs, some assists and some blocks in a very good performance that cause his coach to withdraw him from the game in only the 6th minute of the 3rd quarter, so that he can test extensively what the line up should be when Giannis takes a breather, but also to decide who the remaining 2 players that he should cut should be. (the difference when Giannis left the court was up to 26pts. with a quarter and a half remaining)

    Thanasis Antetokounmpo was really impressive...

    The cooperation of the Hellenic National team and the Bucks was made official tonight as the Bucks have assigned their chief physiotherapist Laura Tietjen with team Greece (she officially was declared as member of the coaching crew and will follow the team to China). U.S.A. ambassador in Greece (a known fan of the sport and Giannis admirer) also attended the game with his wife.

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