Bucks’ Antetokounmpo to miss Eurobasket

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.