We were honored to host at our venue NBA Ambassador and former Sixer Efthimis Rentzias as part of the production for “Hoop Cities”, a series of eight documentaries curated by the NBA’s partners in Europe and the Middle East, focusing on the metropolises that have basketball in their DNA.
This exceptional hoop production previously stopped in Belgrade of Serbia, Bologna of Italy, Cologne and Leverkusen of Germany, Istanbul of Turkey, Kaunas of Lithuania, Paris of France and Seville of Spain as an in-language docuseries that explores the local culture, history and the basketball communities surrounding these historic cities throughout the years. The production team saved the best for last, visiting Thessaloniki and “visualizing” the longtime basketball rivalry between Aris B.C. and PAOK B.C.
You can watch the entire episode in the following link:
Thessaloniki is undeniably the birth city of most of the
important moments of Greek basketball and spectators will learn about the city’s basketball history and the decades-long rivalry between PAOK and Aris while enjoying the aura of the legendary “Gangster” Nikos Galis. The passion and the unique basketball identity and culture of Thessaloniki, have long made the city a pillar of sports in Greece with numerous champions kicking off their careers in the historic city…
In addition to Galis, the documentary features former Sixer Efthimis Rentzias, former Connecticut Sun Evina Maltsi, 2x EuroLeague Champion Nikos Chatzivrettas, the former mayor of Thessaloniki and avid Aris B.C. supporter Giannis Boutaris, veteran basketball player and coach Michalis Giannouzakos as well as many everyday fans and coaches of the game!
We want to thank the entire production and NBA specifically for honoring us with the opportunity to appear in such a magnificent series and we look forward to hosting even more past, present and future basketball stars!
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