Yiannis Bourousis did a U-turn and stated that he will not quit the national team after all.
Responding to questions from journalism students at an Athens college on June 16, the Olympiakos forward admitted that his announcement after Game 2 of the league finals with Panathinaikos, that he was quitting the national team, was made «in the heat of the moment» and that he wouldn’t be sticking to it.
“Everyone knows how much I love the national team. Everyone also knows the sacrifice I made last year to play despite my injury. This year I want to play, but I am not going to do it if I am not healthy. I have an injury problem and I am waiting for the doctors to tell me what I should do. We should know in a week’s time.”
“The statement I made after the match with Panathinaikos, that I would not play with Greece, was wrong, it was made in the heat of the moment. I should not have lumped the national team together with the clubs,» admitted Bourousis.
He also said he would never cross the divide to join Panathinaikos, that he does not know why his coach Dusan Ivkovic left him out for about a month this season but intends to stay with the Reds for one more year, the last in his contract, and that he would prefer to win the league title than the Euroleague trophy.