Bucks’ Antetokounmpo to miss Eurobasket

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks, who would be one of two players to pick teams if All-Star voting ended today, said he would take LeBron James of the Cavaliers with the first pick.

Milwaukee Bucks star swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo will not be able to play in the upcoming Eurobasket tournament because of a lingering knee issue, he said via social media Saturday.

“I want everyone to be informed by me that I will not be able to play for the Greek national team in the upcoming Eurobasket,” Antetokounmpo wrote. “All this time I was pressuring myself to practice. I was trying to fool myself and not feel the pain, hoping that I will be ready for the official games. My will affected my judgement, but in the tests I took here in China with the Bucks personnel, it was time for the truth.

“I failed in the tests I was put to and the reason was the pain I felt from the first seconds. I can accept the truth and deal with it in a mature manner. I have to work and improve as much as I can the condition of my knee.

“Last summer I had the option to “freeze” the deal for my contract extension. This year I have no choice. I am injured, I feel pain and I must heal.”

Antetokounmpo, 22, went on to say missing Eurobasket was “by far the biggest disappointment” of his career.

He averaged 22.9 points and 8.8 rebounds last season with Milwaukee.