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Will Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks play for Greece in the Olympic qualifying tournament?

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo hasn't played basketball for nearly two months due to a mysterious leg injury. However, according to national team coach Vassilis Spanoulis, the Greek Freak will play for Greece to help the country qualify for this year's games in Paris.

According to Eurohoops, Spanoulis confirmed Antetokounmpo's involvement with the national team, but did not provide any details on the extent of his involvement. “Giannis will be with the national team for the Olympic qualifiers,” said the national coach.

Antetokounmpo's involvement with Greece began in 2013 with the U-20 national team. He most recently appeared in the Greek jersey at EuroBasket 2022, where he was part of the All-Tournament team and was the top scorer.

Leg injury puts Giannis Antetokounmpo out of action and Bucks eliminated in the first round

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Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks has not played in a basketball game since suffering a non-contact leg injury late in the third quarter of their 104-91 win over the Boston Celtics on April 9. He missed the Bucks' entire playoff run, which ended in a first-round loss to the eventual Eastern Conference finalist Indiana Pacers.

Giannis later admitted that he was unable to come to the Bucks' aid because he failed the required tests to return to the field.

“I tried my best to come back and help my teammates,” Antetokounmpo said Friday. “It's kind of tough seeing them out there and not being able to help them, but I just couldn't.”

“I did all the tests I needed to do, these protocols you have to follow, and you have to check the boxes. I wasn't even close to being able to check the boxes.”

Giannis and Bucks disappoint after early end to season

The Bucks had a promising start to their 2023-24 season, especially after a blockbuster trade that brought former Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard from the Pacific Northwest to the Midwest, but it was countless injuries and drama that marked the team's season.

The Bucks started with a 30-13 record but abruptly fired new head coach Adrian Griffin. They later hired experienced coach Doc Rivers, who was then working as an analyst for ESPN. After Giannis' injury, Damian Lillard battled an Achilles tendon injury in the middle of the first round of the series against the Pacers.

Despite the coaching and personnel changes, exacerbated by Giannis' injury, Milwaukee crashed out of the race with its second consecutive first-round exit. They are now three seasons removed from their second NBA title and the Bucks are searching for answers that would allow them to get back to the top of the mountain.