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2019 FIBA ​​World Cup is the first time the MVP of NBA attended

2019 FIBA ​​World Cup is the first time the MVP of NBA attended

Giannis Antetokounmpo became the first NBA MVP champion to appear in FIBA ​​World Cup. Previously, MVPs of the NBA were not even considered to be included in the team.

When superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks confirmed he will play for the Greek team for FIBA ​​World Cup 2019, he also became the first NBA MVP champion to attend the world championship of basketball.

Previously, for many different reasons, MVP of the NBA missed this tournament. For decades, the US team did not, to say exactly, not to send professional players to the FIBA ​​tournament.

After the American Basketball League and the World Basketball League shook hands, Uncle Sam had the opportunity to bring NBA players to the World Cup and Olympic for the first time. However, at 1994 FIBA ​​World Cup, MVP was then Hakeem Olajuwon, a Nigerian-born player, not qualified to play for the USA.

Since then, all MVPs have missed the world championships, or their teams simply cannot win tickets to the finals. Kevin Durant had the opportunity to become the first to do this in the 2014 tournament, but had to withdraw from the fitness problem.

This will be the fourth summer tournament Giannis Antetokounmpo plays for the Greek team. He debuted in the national team in 2014 and competed in the EuroBasket 2015 as well as the 2016 Olympic Qualifier. The tournament in China was also the first time in three years that Antetokounmpo had the opportunity to eat rice.