MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks say star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was training with the Greek national team when he reported to his NBA team that he was experiencing knee pain, an injury that will keep him out of the European championship.
General manager Jon Horst says the Bucks agreed with their medical staff's recommendation for Antetokounmpo not to play. The All-Star forward reported to the Bucks that he was having right anterior knee pain following certain movements.
Antetokounmpo is scheduled to return to Milwaukee this week to begin daily treatment and rehab to be ready for the Bucks' training camp, which begins in roughly five weeks.
Greece's basketball federation on Saturday accused the Bucks and the NBA of hatching a plan to prevent Antetokounmpo from playing in the European championship.
The NBA also denied the allegation, saying that the league and Bucks followed "all appropriate protocol under the NBA-FIBA agreement."