Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Josh Oppenheimer joined the National basketball team of Greece days after it was officially confirmed that MPV, NBA Buckchampion Giannis Antetokounmpo will play for Greece in the 2022 EuroBasket, reports Eurohoops magazine.
According to the media outlet, the President of the Hellenic Basketball Federation Vangelis Liolios announced that Oppenheimer was joining the Greek national team's coaching staff.
“Sotiris Manolopoulos and Savvas Kamberidis will be part of the coaching staff. Isidoros Koutsos’ and Konstantinos Papadopoulos’ requests to be excused were granted. They will be replaced by Stefanos Triantafyllos and Josh Oppenheimer, part of the Milwaukee Bucks staff. Marios Batis will also join the staff,” said Liolios regarding the coaches working with Itoudis.
About Antetokounmpo's commitment to the national team, Liolios said that “Giannis loves the national team and Greece, we must stress that. Of course, he will be part of our team. He announced it himself a couple of days ago. He will compete in the EuroBasket this September.”
'Group C of the EuroBasket preliminary round is scheduled to host Greece in Milan, Italy. Facing Croatia, Italy, Great Britain, Ukraine, and Estonia will determine whether the team guided by Itoudis can advance to the knockout stage with four berths available. The last stage of the tournament will be held between 10-18 September in Berlin, Germany.
'Before EuroBasket, Greece will take on Serbia on the road and host Belgium to start the last round of the 2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers in late August.'
RESOURCE | ABOUT JOSH OPPENHEIMER
Josh Oppenheimer is an American-Israeli professional basketball coach and former player who serves as assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Oppenheimer played collegiately for Rhode Island and later Northern Arizona before embarking on a professional career in the United States and Europe. He spent two summers in the United States Basketball League playing for Atlanta, Philadelphia and Palm Beach and also logged a season in the Continental Basketball Association with Cedar Rapids. He also played the NBA Summer League and attended training camp with the Atlanta Hawks, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Sacramento Kings respectively. Oppenheimer spent six seasons in the Israeli Basketball Premier League.
In 2013, Oppenheimer joined the Milwaukee Bucks coaching staff of head coach Larry Drew. At the start of the 2016–17 NBA season, the Houston Rockets added Oppenheimer to their coaching staff as an assistant coach.
At the start of the 2017–18 NBA G League season, the Brooklyn Nets added Oppenheimer to the Long Island Nets coaching staff as an assistant coach.
On August 15, 2019, it was announced that added Oppenheimer to the James Madison coaching staff as an assistant coach.
On November 17, 2020, the Milwaukee Bucks announced that Oppenheimer has returned to the team as an assistant coach. Oppenheimer became an NBA champion when the Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns in 6 games of the 2021 NBA Finals.
Oppenheimer and his wife Adrienne, a former college volleyball player from Puerto Rico, have two daughters, Gabriella "Gabbi" (born July 2, 1996), who works in finance,and Nicolette "Nikki" (born June 22, 1999), a basketball player who currently plays for James Madison University, having previously played for Syracuse University and Montini Catholic High School. Nicolette represented the Puerto Rico women's national under-18 team at the 2016 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship for Women.[Wiki]