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Giannis Antetokounmpo will play in pre-Olympic qualifying tournament, says Greece coach

Following his team's club match in Greece on Saturday, Greek national team coach Vassilis Spanoulis told reporters that Milwaukee Bucks star striker Giannis Antetokounmpo will play for the Greek national team in the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament from July 2-7.

Antetokounmpo suffered a strain of his left soleus during a game against the Boston Celtics on April 9. Because of this injury, he missed the final three games of the regular season as well as the Bucks' first-round series against the Indiana Pacers.

“The day of Game 4 in Indiana, I was able to jog with my body weight for the first time since April 9,” Antetokounmpo told reporters on May 3 after the Bucks' loss to the Pacers. “I think I tried my best to come back and help my teammates. It's kind of tough to see them out there and not be able to help them. But I just couldn't. I did all the tests that I had to do, like these protocols that you have to follow and check the boxes, and I wasn't even close to checking the boxes.

“But I've been trying to keep pushing myself to get to a point where maybe I can't check all the boxes but maybe even go out and help, but in our opinion it wasn't safe for me to be out there because I couldn't run at full speed. I could only run 30, 40 percent. Even now I can't run at full speed. It's probably going to be a couple of days, weeks, months, I don't know how long it's going to take to get back to what I'm back to.”

Greece has not yet qualified for the upcoming Olympic basketball tournament and would need to win the six-team pre-Olympic qualifying tournament in Greece in early July to secure one of the 12 spots in Paris.

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