Rick Pitino is leaving Panathinaikos, the team he coached to a Greek League championship this season, he told ESPN on Friday.
The Hall of Famer said he turned down an offer to return as the franchise's president and head coach in order to pursue a job in the NBA, either in coaching or in a player personnel or advisory role.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 21 points for the Milwaukee Bucks, but that was not enough to stop the Toronto Raptors from winning Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals with a 100-94 score and advance to the NBA finals.
The Bucks had led 2-0 in the series but the Raptors bounced back to win the series 4-2 and win the conference finals for the first time in their history.
Team Giannis's captain, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, dunks the ball against Team LeBron during the second half of the NBA All-Star basketball game on All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Antetokounmpo, known as the Greek Freak, scored a game-high 38 points but Team LeBron rallied in the end for a 178-164 victory.
AEK will bid on Sunday to become the third Greek club to win FIBA's Intercontinental Cup, after beating San Lorenzo from Argentina 86-64 in the tournament's first semifinal on Friday in Rio de Janeiro.
In Sunday's final AEK will face the winner of the second semifinal between the Austin Spurs and Flamengo.
Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks is the highest-paid European player in the NBA for the 2018-19 season according to a survey published by Forbes, which also includes estimates for off-court earnings.
According to Forbes, "The Greek Freak," who ranks seventh on the list, earned an estimated 43.2 million dollars this season.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (c) of Greece is surrounded by the Brooklyn Nets defense in the first half of the NBA basketball game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Monday. Antetokounmpo flirted with a triple-double as he helped his team dominate the Nets. [EPA]