Liolios: “There is a possibility of a national friendly with the USA”


Several issues of Greek basketball were mentioned in an interview by Vangelis Liolios.

The president of the EEC revealed that there is the possibility of a friendly match between National team with the corresponding of USAwhile at the same time referring to the conversation he had with Giannis Antetokounmpo after the elimination in Eurobasket, but also for his “bet”. Final 8 of the Cup.

Vangelis Liolios stated in detail to Cosmote TV:

For the Final 8 of the Cup: “We are taking all measures to ensure the safety of the fans. But this is a bet for all teams. We organize, we take initiatives. It is inconceivable to me to say that because we have some issues, we will never have a celebration. We must take risks, but we must all be responsible. Last year there was a Final Four, this year we will see how it goes and next year we will continue and go to other regions, to have matured as a society and show culture».

About the National team and what he said to Giannis Antetokounmpo after being eliminated from the recent Eurobasket by Germany: “The cover image would be the National team. It succeeded because it united the Greeks, gave a vision, gave hope and showed the future. It’s our team. I have more responsibility, it’s not a matter of sadness or joy, it’s a matter of responsibility. The national team is above all of us. It gives the slogan for the reunification of Greek basketball. We found ourselves half a game away from qualification, this gives us strength to move forward. It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, but how many times you get up. We have record enrollments for the last 25 years, it is important to welcome these children, who are the future, properly as EEC, as Unions and as unions so that we go from quantity to quality.

I told him that people traveled for them. That he believed in them. Success is reflected in a medal, but above all is the love of the world. He is always close to the team, I say it again, he loves the national team and Greece very much, it is impossible that he does not want to participate in the big competitions».

Regarding the possibility of the National Team playing a friendly against Team USA: “I will travel to the US at the end of the month and we will have meetings. I think our role is to always be close to the people who support the National Team. To the players, to the teams, we prepare to get the best result».

Regarding the statement of Dimitris Itoudis about the Bucks and whether it is possible to see a match of the “deer” in Greece: “It’s a very big organization, supporting a huge star. We have a great partnership with them, they also want the best for their player. There is always cooperation, there is always mutual respect. It’s not something that can be done immediately, it needs a lot of preparation, there must be a will from the NBA and from the team. It is not simple, maybe at some point this can be done».

For the development program: “This is the priority on the agenda. Now we have a good batch of men and women but we also have to prepare for what is to come. Steps are being taken, we have risen in the rankings, but on the other hand I see that the countries that have good development programs are increasing the difference from us. If we do not make much more aggressive moves, the difference will grow even more. We don’t want to copy any model, but take cues from the Spanish, French, Germans, maybe even the Serbians. We have to change at the level of mentality, all of us. Parents go crazy, managers get killed. Teams must want to invest in these ages».

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Source: Sport Fm

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