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Giannis Antetokounmpo hints he plans to play for Greece in 2022 EuroBasket

FIBA World Cup - Greece v Czech Republic

SHENZHEN, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 9: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of Team Greece reacts against Team Czech Republic during the FIBA World Cup on September 9, 2019 at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen, China. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Greece ended up one game short of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, falling to the Czech Republic in a qualifying tournament championship game on July 4.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was not playing for Greece in that game because his Milwaukee Bucks were preparing for the NBA Finals, which started a couple of days later. However, the best player on the Greek team — and maybe in the world — is looking ahead to EuroBasket next September and hinted on Twitter he plans to play.

We are a year out from that tournament and a lot of things could happen to change Antetokounmpo’s mind, but he seems to be seriously considering it. He takes great pride in representing Greece and even took the NBA Larry O’Brien Trophy there this offseason.

It will be interesting to see which NBA stars — Luka Doncic with Slovenia; Nikola Jokic with Serbia; Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier with France; and the list goes on — choose to sit out the tournament and rest, and which ones will represent their country next September. Deep playoff runs, injuries, and a host of personal issues could impact decisions in either direction, but you know it’s on a lot of players’ minds.