Papanikolaou featured in the Rising Stars Challenge and spoke about his participation in the tournament and his Houston Rockets career so far.
“It's a fantastic experience to be among the elite of the NBA. It's the best thing to do in basketball. We play in the best league of the world and I enjoy every single moment. I'm very happy that I took part in this Rising Stars Challenge. I was very happy that I played with my friend Giannis after a long time and that I met guys such as Mirotic and Bogdanovic whom I know from the Euroleague,” Papanikolaou said.
As for his career so far at Houston Rockets he added: “I try to do what my coach asks from me in order to get victories. We want to be ready as we are getting into the most crucial period. But the All Star Weekend hasn't finished yet. I'm waiting to see James Harden on Sunday winning the MVP prize and then going back to Houston to win the title.”