Giannis Antetokounmpo is expected to play in the road game vs Serbia on Thursday for the Basketball World Cup Qualifiers.
The “Greek Freak” took part in the team’s practice on Sunday, which included non-contact tactical drills. If everything goes as planned, Antetokounmpo will participate on Monday’s and Tuesday’s training sessions and will travel to Belgrade for the clash with the Serbians.
Στην σημερινή (21/8) προπόνηση της Εθνικής Ανδρών, ο Γιάννης Αντετοκούνμπο συμμετείχε στο πρόγραμμα το οποίο περιλάμβανε ασκήσεις τακτικής χωρίς επαφή. Ο Γιώργος Παπαγιάννης και ο Ιωάννης Παπαπέτρου συνέχισαν την αποθεραπεία με εξατομικευμένο πρόγραμμα. #HellasBasketball 🏀🇬🇷
— Hellenic Basketball (@HellenicBF) August 21, 2022
Antetokounmpo is dealing with back soreness and missed Friday’s preparation game vs Turkey. This was the third preparation game Giannis Antetokounmpo missed, as he was also out against Spain (August 11) and Georgia (August 18).
The two-time NBA MVP had an MRI on Saturday, which showed no significant damage, therefore he is expected to play in both the Qualifiers and FIBA EuroBasket (September 1-18).
#NBA superstar @Giannis_An34 is dealing with back soreness and had an MRI which showed no damage
He will continue individual work and is expected to play in the #FIBAWC Qualifiers and #EuroBasket #HellasBasketball #eurobasket2022 https://t.co/aa218ekKIL
— Hedge_out (@hedge_out) August 20, 2022
Aside from Serbia, the Greeks will face Belgium (home, August 28) for the Second Round of the Qualifiers.
They will then travel to Milano in late August for the group stage of the EuroBasket, where they will take on hosts Italy, Estonia, Great Britain, Ukraine and Croatia.