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Georgios Papagiannis

Georgios  Papagiannis
Team: Panathinaikos Athens
Position: C
Age: 24
Height: 218 cm
Weight: 125 kg
Birth place: Greece

During Panathinaikos OPAP Athens Media Day, Giorgos Papagiannis spoke about his thoughts on an individual and team level, while also commenting on the collaboration with Dimitris Priftis.

"It's my 6th year on the team. We need to improve on offense and shot-making. But we're a new team, we lost Dinos (Mitoglou) and Mario (Hezonja). New players came in, we haven't been together long. We all want to get better. The 16th place in the Euroleague did not represent us. That's not how the team is used to it. Personally, I feel like I have a basis and I want to add some piece to it, like low post play".

On coach Priftis: "He asks for several details, especially on defense. On offense, he wants a lot of open shots. We're good there, there's Nedovic, Macon. In general, we will be a young team".

On Olympiacos's return to the Greek League: "For sure, Olympiacos give more energy and competition. We want to win all the games against them. It will give more intensity both to us and to the rest of the teams".

On Mitoglou's departure: "I don't want to be unfair. Ben (Bentil), Zach (Auguste), all contributed. Dinos was a key part of the team. Okaro (White) and Jeremy (Evans) are playing very well in their position and I think we will be very good."

On this year's EuroLeague: "I haven't watched all the pre-season games. The EuroLeague will probably live its strongest year. There are teams that are full in every position. The main thing for us is that we start with a lot of road games and if we win some of them, we can build momentum going forward".

On his personal goals: "Last year I wanted to be first in blocks but I did not make it. Still, it remains a goal for me. I may not be a leader, but I have many years here. I love the team and I accept responsibility".

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