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Giannis Antetokounmpo to play for Greece in 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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For the first time since the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Giannis Antetokounmpo will pull a Greece jersey over his head and play for the country where he grew up.

Antetokounmpo has been working out with the Greek team in advance of EuroBasket — the European championships — this September, and it is now official that he will play for the team. The Bucks, however, will have a man on the ground to watch their MVP up close.

Antetokounmpo has posted photos of himself working out with the Greek national team.

Antetokounmpo played for Greece at the 2015 EuroBasket, two World Cups, and several World Cup qualifying games. In total, he has played 22 games for the Greek national team.

Greece is in Group C of EuroBasket with (in alphabetical order) Croatia, Estonia, Great Britain, Italy and Ukraine. The Group C games will be played in Italy.

EuroBasket runs Sept. 1 — 18 and will feature a number of NBA players including Nikola Jokic, Luka Doncic, Rudy Gobert, Domantas Sabonis, Kristaps Porzingins, Danilo Gallinari, and many more.