After a whirlwind year that saw Kevin Pangos make his long-awaited NBA debut, sign with a team in Russia right before they invaded Ukraine, play for Canada in the FIBA world cup qualifiers, and sign a new deal with Olimpia Miliano, the former Gonzaga point guard is now dealing with an unknown injury.
Pangos will not be available for Milano’s first official competition on Wednesday against Virtus Bologna, the defending Supercup champions, and his status for the team’s EuroLeague opener remains in question.
“We are facing this Supercup after a preseason deeply affected by missing several players because of National Teams commitments and by some injuries that kept out some players we wished to watch on the court immediately and will still be out,” Milano coach Ettore Messina said. “However, we are confident because of the many good things the available players showed both in terms of attitude and efficiency on the court. Everybody is talking about our game against Bologna, but Sassari and Tortona after a preseason spent with almost full rosters might have something more than us in terms of consistency.”
Pangos made his NBA debut last season after five great years overseas. He averaged 1.6 points and 1.3 assists in 24 games for the Cavs, and signed a two-year deal with CSKA Moscow in February.
He never played with them, however, after the countries’ invasion of Ukraine led to multiple athletes opting out of reporting. After a few months of silence, Pangos inked a deal with Olimpia Milano after finding a way out of his obligation in Russia.
Now he’ll have to wait a little longer to debut with his new team, but hopefully the injury will not cause him to miss much time.
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