"I want to thank Panathinaikos for the honor they are going to make me with this tournament and also the teams that came here for me. They have won many Euroleague titles, but the most important thing is that we can use part of the tournament's profit for charity. During these difficult times, there is nothing more important than trying to help the less fortunate.
I can't speak about my feelings yet, I have to wait for the games before that. The fans of Panathinaikos have already proved their love for me many times and this weekend I will realize it once more. It is a great joy and blessing being a member of this club. I have lived so many amazing moments with all of them, such as Antonis Fotsis and Dimitris Itoudis who are here.
I wish that everybody will enjoy these games and I want again to thank them all. I got a lot of rest during this summer and I was not thinking of my retirement. Nowadays, I think of it sometimes, but it is normal after so many seasons in the courts. I am spending my time with my family and children right now, this is enough for me and makes me feel so well like before.
There are some things in my mind about my future, but I have not made my final decisions yet and I can't say anything more right now. I will wait until I will find out something that I like and fills me in, but it will certainly be related to basketball. This weekend, I will just greet the fans at the Olympic Stadium of Athens and then we will see what happens.
I feel very nice and blessed for all these years, the most important thing is the admiration of your teammates. It is amazing to maintain a personality strong but nice enough for winning everybody's heart, in and out of the courts. We should all realize that you win some games, you lose some, but you always have to keep trying for the best.
It is a great honor seeing famous sports people respect your way of playing and treating the others. The 3-point shot I remember the most were at our victories against Unicaja Malaga and Barcelona. The athletes are trying for the best and always aiming for breaking records, like mine, I am not leaving an inheritance behind, this is not true.
The players did not think so much of this staff, this is mostly for the journalist. I was never sure before important shots, maybe I was lucky. You have to train hard before being able to shoot well, I scored sometimes and others not, that's basketball. It is a great honor being a role model for the younger athletes, but they do not have to be like me or anybody else.
Get in the court, train yourself well, keep doing what you love, we can't all be champions, this is only natural. Be a good person, treat the others well in the court, keep a cooperation spirit with your teammates. The young athletes do not need advice, just to do what they love and play basketball.
If my children want to see the videos of my career in the future and watch their dad in action, they can do it, it's their decision", said the 36-year-old former international guard at the Press Conference.