Panathinaikos Amateur, upon and unanimous decision by its board, decided to honor the leading man of the club, who has led the basketball team to “heaven” by winning six Euroleague trophies, one intercontinental cup and a dozen of domestic trophies but also has provided important services to all Panathinaikos teams in every sport.
The indoor gym in Leoforos Avenue, where pounding heart our every fan, and nurturing the idea of Panathinaikos in new generations, will be named "Pavlos Giannakopoulos." In order for the older and the younger generations to remember the great leader of Panathinaikos who always has Panathinaikos and the ideals of the club in his heart.
It was an idea that Panathinaikos Amateur Board, intended to realize a long time. What would have been better than to announce this decision with the occasion of the brilliant event of September 23, 2015 in OAKA, where Panathinaikos BC will honor the top five players of the last 25 years.
In halftime of the game against Partizan, Paul Giannakopoulos will be honored the golden pages of history written by Panathinaikos on his days and will be officially unveiled the indoor gym that rightfully will now bears his name.
Elias Michalarias (Panathinaikos Amateur President):
"It is with great pleasure and pride that the Board of Panathinaikos AO announces its decision to name the indoor gym of the Alexandras Avenue to "Pavlos Giannakopoulos' to honor the leading factor of our association.
Panathinaikos Amateur honoring the values and contribution of Pavlos Giannakopoulos and that action is a minimum tribute to the man who led Panathinaikos to the top.
It is a decision that we have taken about a year ago and we were just looking for an appropriate occasion to formalize.
The event on Wednesday, September 23 is the ideal case for Pavlos Giannakopoulos to be honored with the appropriate luminance”.