Samuels grateful for Panionios opportunity

By Sports Desk November 06, 2019
Jamaica centre Samardo Samuels. Jamaica centre Samardo Samuels.

Jamaica centre Samardo Samuels has admitted he was grateful to join Greek Club Panionios BC after facing the very real prospect of the end of his basketball career.

The 30-year-old big man joined the Greek Basketball League (GBL) last month, only weeks after taking part in the United States Big Three League.  The player has been dogged by controversy in recent times after changing four clubs in the last two years due to a clutter of disciplinary issues.

"I was at home… I was at home and no one wanted me and this opportunity came up. Everyone told me to stop, everyone told me it was time to do something else. Coming here and winning the first match was really a thrill for me. I arrived with a positive mood, I had a smile all the time. Everyone welcomed me and it had an impact on the way we fought during these games,” Samuels told basketball Europe.

The Jamaican enjoyed a solid start to his season after staring in wins over Rethymnon and Iraklis.  Samuels averaged 21 points and 7.5 rebounds.

 "I will tell you a story. In the summer, I saw Kevin Durant. We have known each other since we were young. And when he saw me, he asked me if I was still playing basketball! He was surprised when I said yes.”

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