Bucknall returns to Greece

According to reports by Telebasket and Britball.com, former Tar Heel Steve Bucknall ('89) will play his 13th pro season with Aris Thessaloniki in the Greek A1 League.

The 35-year-old Bucknall was an all-star calibre performer the last two seasons, playing in his hometown with the London Towers, but reportedly turned down their offer to play in a reduced capacity and for less money in order to stay in London.

Bucknall is returning to the city of Thessaloniki where he played with Iraklis from 1996-98.

"I've missed Greece and I know [the coach] from my previous spell in Thessaloniki," Bucknall said after signing his one-year deal with Aris.

After leaving UNC in 1989, Bucknall played 18 games for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1989-90 season, making him the first Briton to play in the NBA.


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