"I am happy to be back, it seemed like an eternity", the American said. "When I was punished, I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know if I would play for Panathinaikos, I didn't know if I would play basketball again. I felt a lot of pressure. I also had some problems at home in the States. Basketball is my life and without it last season I had some tough moments".
Gist praised Panathinaikos president Dimitris Giannakopoulos. "What I like in this club is that their interest lies beyond basketball. The president understands some everyday situations. Life comes first. Shit happens, shit happens and that is the thing".