Dimitris Itoudis mentioned his collaboration with Giannis Antetokounmpo, but also the way the Bucks manage him, even when the “Greek Freak” is with our national team. The Greek coach gave an interview where he talked about working with the best player on the planet.
The statements of Dimitris Itoudis to “Basketnews”:
“There is a lot of room for improvement. He needs to develop his game on the European stage, working with some adjustments that other teams make because of the characteristics, skills, strengths and weaknesses he may have in his game. He is open to discussing and discovering new ways to help the team and his teammates, which makes him very important to the team and the chemistry.
But in terms of collaboration, I would say it was very smooth. John wants someone to train him. It starts with his humility. He puts both feet on the ground. He still has a lot to do to mature even more as a player. The only thing that is certain is that he loves the sport and is a living example. From that perspective it was easy.
He is becoming more mature. He went through a lot of hardships on the European stage and developed into one of the best, if not the best, in the world. He won the NBA championship and many individual titles. The only title he didn’t win is this one. Medal and title with the national team. And I wish, whether I am the coach or someone else, that Giannis helps the national team and the other players to win.
When it comes to approaching and working with a player who is an asset to an NBA team, it’s different. I had to compulsorily work with six people from the Bucks every day on how Giannis should be treated in load management, the pain he might have and other things. It’s not like it is with European players. Maybe we will get to the point where Olympiacos will say “Let’s manage Sluka like this” Maybe Partizan will say “let’s manage Papapetrou like this”. Or Fener will come and say, ‘manage Calathes this way’.”
source: on sports