From Greece to New York, Antetokounmpo lands with Knicks
By Philip O'Connor
NEW YORK (Reuters) - As paths to the NBA from Europe go, Thanasis Antetokounmpo has taken the long way, but having signed a second short-term contract with the New York Knicks and made his NBA debut, he is determined to make his stay as long as possible.
His younger brother Giannis made an immediate impact in the NBA, signing a rookie contract after being drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013.
Thanasis, 23, was drafted by the Knicks in 2014, but subsequently farmed out to their D-League affiliate.
He played in the NBA Summer League for two years for the Knicks, but both times was cut before the season began.
Finally given his chance in the regular season, the forward is doing his best to adapt.
"There's a different culture here, so you have to adjust. You come here to play basketball," Thanasis told Reuters ahead of the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden on Friday.
He did not get any court time, sitting on the bench as the Knicks were beaten 91-85 by Memphis.
Asked about the difference between European and D-League basketball and the NBA, the 23-year-old smiled. Continued...