“I had a better offer from Madrid, but I signed for Olympiacos”

“I had a better offer from Madrid, but I signed for Olympiacos”
“I had a better offer from Madrid, but I signed for Olympiacos”

Kostas Sloukas is one of the best players of his generation. A versatile point guard, who, as a veteran, has infinite wisdom. And he has been in everything: he has played in 11 Final Fours, reaching the grand final on seven occasions: Three of them with Olympiacos, three with Fenerbahce and one with Panathinaikos.a club he left behind, leaving behind its eternal rival to join Ergin Ataman’s mega-project. There he was essential in the victory against Real Madrid, also being MVP in Berlin and winning his fourth Euroleague. In the process becoming one of the most decorated basketball players on the Old Continent. One who is still active at 34 years old, collecting titles and being key in each and every one of them.

The point guard, who can also play shooting guard, won the Greek League against Olympiacos. And he has said no to the Pre-Olympic tournament in Piraeus, almost definitively ruling himself out of the Olympic Games that Greece has secured. after winning in that preliminary round that they were forced to play, Giannis Antetokounmpo through. However, Sloukas’ track record with his country is not small: he has played in the 2011 Eurobasket, the 2013 Eurobasket, the 2014 World Cup, the 2015 Eurobasket, the 2017 Eurobasket and the 2019 World Cup. His last tournament was a new Eurobasket, in 2022. Now, nobody knows if he will return, but his commitment has been eternal and his service record impeccable.

In 2020, Sloukas left Fenerbahçe for Olympiacos, ending his adventure in Turkey, where he had been since 2015 and coincided with Zeljko Obradovic. That year he was linked with Real Madrid, who saw Facundo Campazzo’s time coming to an end. The Argentine wanted to live the adventure in the NBA and was finishing his last months as a white player. A club to which he returned after passing through the best League in the world and in which he has been one of the key figures in the establishment of Chus Mateo’s project. One that does not stop collecting titles and reaches the top time and time again. Sloukas knows this: in 2023 he fell to them in the Euroleague final, also missing the shot that would have given Olympiacos the title. This year, with Panathinaikos, revenge has arrived: victory and MVP.

The story could have been very different for Sloukas. Back in 2020, he could have worn the white colours instead of returning to his lifelong club, the one he swapped for the eternal rival with much criticism, but also much success.I had a better offer from Madrid, but I signed for Olympiacos“Sloukas revealed much later. A story that, like so many others in the world of sport, did not happen. But it has its dose of narrative and allows the fan to think about what could have happened with one of the best point guards in Europe playing for one of the best teams in Europe. Something that could have been the perfect union. Of course, both Real Madrid and the point guard have done wonderfully by going their separate ways. That’s the way things are.

No to Paris 2024

In the last hours Sloukas He has also made some statements in which he has ruled out going with Greece to the Olympic Games Even though it gave him time to recover from the knee injury that left him out of the Pre-Olympic. For the base of the Panathinaikos It would not be acceptable to sneak into the list of 12 after not having helped his teammates on the track to get the ticket to Paris. Although it confirms that Vassilis Spanoulisthe Greek coach, has tried to convince him, but he has closed the door on him:

“It’s something I’ve never experienced before, Olympic GamesIt was a dream for me to be there. I won’t be able to live it and it saddens me. But morally it didn’t seem right to me. Vassilis He asked me if I wanted to talk about it, but I never would. I told him I had doubts and that there wasn’t a million chances of me going if I didn’t play first. Pre-Olympic.

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