Greek center has the NBA clause after first season
One of the best centers in Europe, Greek national team member Ioannis Bourousis next two years will perform in the Athenian Panathinaikos. Member of the All-Euroleague First Team and MVP of the Spanish ACB league last season also has the NBA clause after first season with the “Greens”. After a season to remember for in Laboral Kutxa, a few Euroleague teams wanted Bourousis in their ranks, but the Panathinaikos was the most concrete.
Greek basketball powerhouse immediately after the expiry of the previous season broke off cooperation with the centers Miroslav Raduljica and Ognjen Kuzmic, dissatisfied with the effect of two Serbs, while young Georgios Papagiannis will continue career in the NBA, in the team of the Sacramento Kings. The lack of quality tall players forced the leaders of Panathinaikos to turn to proven strengths, and prior Bourousis team has stepped up Chris Singleton from Lokomotiv Kuban.
Arrival of Bourousis to Panathinaikos will certainly be a long time the main theme in Greece, given that the 33-year-old center during five seasons wore a jersey of “Greens” arch rivals, Olympiacos. Bearing in mind the temperamental Greek fans, it is clear that the versatile center will not be easy in the big derby of the Greek basketball. However, Ioannis Bourousis is too experienced player and is accustomed to the noisy crowds during his career.
During season with the team Laboral Kutxa, Greek player has consistently played at a high level and was one of the most deserving for the placement of the Final Four tournament of the Euroleague, which has recommended him to Panathinaikos. With him in the roster, team will get security in the air, and thanks to a solid three point shot, will be able to stretch the defense of the opponents. The Greek team will undoubtedly get a new dimension to the game by engaging Bourousis, but the main question is whether he will be able to repeat last season’s games.
Ambitions of the trophy Athenian club remain high, and with Bourousis, Gist and Singleton on the team will certainly have one of the most powerful front-court lines in Europe. Although coach Pedoulakis still does not have complete roster together, the management expects significant results, especially in the Euroleague, which will be played in the new format, and Ioannis Bourousis supposed to represent a major boost for the new season.