As the saying goes, we must be cautious of those who come bearing gifts – and this is particularly true when it comes to facing off against the Greek basketball team in the 2023 FIBA World Cup qualifiers. Throughout history, Greece has been known for producing fierce warriors and skilled athletes, and their current team is no exception. Ranked at an impressive No. 9 in the world, the Greek team is led by none other than Giannis Antetokounmpo, also known as the “Greek Freak”. Standing tall at 6-foot-9, Giannis is a force to be reckoned with on the court, having earned back-to-back Most Valuable Player awards and an NBA championship with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Get ready to witness the Greek Freak in action as Giannis Antetokounmpo makes his Philippine debut from August 25th until September. The Greek national basketball team, led by Antetokounmpo, will be competing in Group C of the FIBA World Cup preliminaries against powerhouse teams including the United States, New Zealand, and Jordan. Lucky fans can get a chance to see the reigning NBA MVP play live for as low as P999 for a day pass, covering two exciting games packed with world-class basketball action.
Head over to https://philippines-ticketing.worldcup.basketball/ to avail of different ticket packages including Follow My Team Passes, which grants holders access to five games featuring their preferred team during the Group Phase. The remaining two dates will be determined based on their team’s position after the first round. Don’t miss this chance to witness one of the best basketball players in the world in an unforgettable experience.
It’s no surprise that the upcoming basketball game between the USA and Greece is causing quite a stir. Fans are eagerly seeking tickets to the much-anticipated clash on June 28th at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. The demand for tickets is even rivaling the excitement for Group A games featuring Gilas Pilipinas.
This game is set to be a showdown between two powerhouses, with an intriguing rematch between Antetokounmpo and Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra. Spoelstra was recently named as an assistant to Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors for Team USA in the World Cup. Antetokounmpo and the Bucks were eliminated by the Heat 4-1 in the first round of the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs in late April, and the Greek superstar may be looking for redemption on a global stage. This game is one to watch!
The Greek team, including Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brothers Thanasis and Kostas, are set to make their debut in the Group Phase on June 26th against No. 33 Jordan. The first round will wrap up on June 30th as they face off against No. 26 New Zealand. If Greece succeeds in climbing the ranks during this phase, there’s no telling what possibilities await them. The second round will feature a top-two team from Group D — comprised of No. 8 Lithuania, No. 18 Montenegro, No. 31 Mexico, and No. 55 Egypt — laying in wait for their chance to strike.
While many Filipino fans will be witnessing Antetokounmpo’s impressive skills for the very first time, this won’t be the first time he has shared the court with Gilas Pilipinas. In fact, he previously played for the Greek national team during the 2014 World Cup in Spain (finishing in 9th place) and the 2019 World Cup in China (finishing in 11th place). During the first round in Seville, Spain, Greece defeated the Philippines and Andray Blatche 82-70 with Antetokounmpo himself scoring three points and grabbing six rebounds in just 14 minutes of play.
Antetokounmpo, born in Athens, Greece to Nigerian parents, made his way into the NBA after being selected 15th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2013 draft. His impressive career boasts seven NBA All-Star selections, five First Team selections, and four All-Defensive First Team choices. Antetokounmpo’s exceptional talent has earned him the titles of NBA Finals MVP, All-Star Game MVP in 2021, and Defensive Player of the Year in 2020.
As he steps onto Philippine soil, let us extend a warm welcome and bask in the awe-inspiring display of his capabilities, as he graces the court in one of the most anticipated events on the basketball calendar.