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Antetokounmpo to play for Greece

The Associated PressATHENS, Greece (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo will play for Greece at the basketball World Cup in China, saying on Friday he can play any position.

The NBA MVP said he hasn’t “talked to the coach about which position I’ll be playing ... the important thing is to play.”

“Whether I play the 1 [point guard] or the 5 [center], I don’t care,” Antetokounmpo added. “I’m a basketball player. I want to help the team any way I can.”

The World Cup is from Aug. 31-Sept. 15, and Greece is one of 32 qualifiers.

Antetokounmpo did not play for Greece during the 2017 Eurobasket competition.

His absence led the Greek basketball federation to publicly accuse his Milwaukee Bucks team of staging a knee injury.

Antetokounmpo is in Athens to present his Nike signature shoe, which will go on sale in August.

He will also attend a 3x3 tournament he sponsors.

The tournament is scheduled to be held on three Athens courts, with the finals set for Saturday near his Athens home, where he first played basketball.

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