The Kryptonite of
To many, Giannis Antetokounmpo (27) is already the best European player in the history of the NBA - even better than Dirk Nowitzki.
The Greek Freak has a ring, an MVP Finals title, two regular season MVP titles, Most Improved Player, Defensive Player of the Year, and 6 All-Stars.
Dirk, the German legend, retired with a ring, a regular season MVP title, a Finals MVP, and 14 All-Stars in two decades with the Mavericks.
Giannis signed a contract with the Bucks in 2020 for five years and 220 million dollars, the then-highest in NBA history.
The forward of Nigerian origin has very few weaknesses left. But one of the main ones has to do with the Greek team.
He lacks great international success and arrives at the Eurobasket with a terrible taste in his mouth from the 2019 World Cup, even as NBA MVP.
He averaged 14.8 points and 8.8 rebounds, but he got into trouble with personal fouls and bad decisions in the attack at key moments.
Greece lost to Brazil in the first round and couldn't catch up with the Czech Republic in the second. And they were out of quarterfinals.
He missed the 2017 Eurobasket due to an injury. Before, at 19 and 20 years old, he didn't have any luck in the 2014 World Cup or 2015 Eurobasket either.
In both tournaments, Greece came out of the group stage undefeated but crashed at the crossroads, once with Serbia and once with Spain.
If in 2014 Teodosic's Serbia was superior in the round of 16, in 2015 Pau Gasol's Spain prevailed in the quarterfinals (73-71) on their way to gold.
Giannis, now with two years experience in the NBA, finished the game against Spain with 12 points and 17 rebounds. But still no medals with Greece.
His debuted with Greece in 2013, when he played the European U-20 tournament. He didn't win a medal there either and averaged 8.7 points and 6 rebounds.
In that tournament, some of his teammates complained that they couldn't sleep because he was doing sit-ups all night.
However, he made it clear that he was not going to stop working like that: "I'm sorry, coach, but it's the only way to end up playing in the NBA."