Monday, June 7th, 2010 at 11:30 am  |  24 responses

Violence Forces Greek Final To End Early

USA Today has the full report: “Panathinaikos was named Greek basketball champion after referees called off the fourth game of the league finals against Olympiakos with just more than 1 minute left when it was interrupted by fans for a second time at Olympiakos’ home arena Sunday. … Panathinaikos, already ahead 2-1 in the best-of-five finals series, was leading 76-69 and about to shoot two free throws when Olympiakos fans seated behind the two baskets threw a barrage of plastic bottles and arena seats, which they had ripped off. … The referees’ decision must to be confirmed by league authorities.”

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  • http://soundcloud.com/boy-sanchez Boy Sanchez

    I was watching this game. And I feel so embarrassed and angry for the title of this post. This post should have declared the champion, not the stupidity of some people who ruined the night of many true basketball fans.

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to the fans. They don’t play around over there.

  • http://soundcloud.com/boy-sanchez Boy Sanchez

    Greek Basketball: Where playing at 1:30 am happens.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Something else J Chill will write about on his “tech” piece that almost never has anything to do with technology.

  • http://soundcloud.com/boy-sanchez Boy Sanchez

    @enigmatic: These kind of games and fan attitude is such a shame for players like Childress and Kleiza, the best player right now in Europe. I mean, these guys and many more give up their career in NBA and join a European team for this? Imagine how they will feel about their decision right now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Get Him to the Greek was an Awesome movie… oh wait…

  • T-Money

    Best believe Chill is coming back to the L.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/nba/overdribbling/index276.html chiqo

    not to play with the joe johnson-less hawks. he’d better start working on a way to get out of being a restricted fa.

  • RedRum

    this is why in Europe we see the NBA finals and laugh when teams talk about passion, intensity, toughness. Try playing with oranges, lighters, mobile phones flying over your head. Try playing while foaming fans swear at your, wishing you to die and your bones to rot. I remember when I was playing ball at high school, and we were playing a rival city, and while I was to take the winning free throw they threw a dead cat on my feet!!! I made the free throw btw… and that was 15-16 year old kids as fans! If you want to see how things go in Greece, type “Aris basketball fans” in youtube. Then go to a Celtics game and compare. Jokes aside, I am ashamed this is still happening in Greece…

  • John

    one word: pathetic

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @RedRum – a dead cat? DAMN that is crazy! Although when we talk about passion, intensity and toughness over here stateside, they’re talking about the players, not the fans!

  • http://sdifjlc.com Jukai

    RedRum: See, that may be “passion, intensity and toughness” to you, but that’s “trashiness and arrogant stupidity” to me. That “ruins sports” to me.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    lmao co-sign Jukai. Although, I hope Rummy was kidding about the cat. He has to be.

  • gkchump

    How lame.

    That’s a big reason why I hate soccer. You can go on all you want about passion for your team, but when you can’t go to watch a game for fear of your safety it’s over the line.

    You Euros should be embarrassed.

  • RedRum

    I completely agree both we Jukai and Enigmatic. It ruins sport and I don’t agree with it. Not only I don’t agree, I find it nauseating. Maybe it I did not make it clear that I was not approving, I apologise. The thing is that this passion from the stands transfers to the game.That’s what I was talking about. Couple that with corrupt officiating, and things get really tough. Broken ribs, noses, cheekbones… I am talking 16 year old kids beating each other at each possession. That is why I don’t get those euro-dweebs that come to the NBA… though there are some tough buggers out there, like Scola. Watch out for Tiago Splitter coming to the Spurs next year. I think he can put them back in contention.He is easily right now a top 5 centre in the world, on par with Dwight, Pau.

  • RedRum

    @gkchump buddy… please, keep the euro-insults to yourself. This is happening all over the world. South of your borders in all latin america the same thing happens, even worse, there they shoot each other. I went to a soccer game in Argentina to watch Boca Juniors against River Plate and I almost pissed myself… people were carrying guns in the stands. Do people actually read?? In my initial post the last line explains everything… Sports in the US and in the rest of the world have different culture. This is a huge discussion. @Teddy: No, I was not kidding, they did throw a dead cat! it actually made national news, I got my ugly mug on the TV! That was 18 years ago…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ What? Are you serious?! That’s pretty crazy and disturbing, man… What happened to the fans who threw it? lol I don’t even know how to respond to that now; so, how big of a game was this?
    And, what country are you from? (Not that I’m going to judge your whole country by a few stupidly cruel teenagers).

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    soft euros? guess not you ignorant fu(ks

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I feel bad for that cat.. That’s seriously f*cked up…

  • gkchump

    Stupid euros. Guess so Sporting.

    Not all Euros are stupid, just quite a few that follow sport.

  • RedRum

    @Teddy: This was a county final. I am from Greece. That was when I was 16, it was a high school game. Each school had 300-400 students in the stands. Needless to say that after we won (we were playing in their court), they started throwing whatever possible, shoes, keys, eggs, oranges, and the fans started beating each other. But this is not uncommon. There are still really crazy games, even at a high school level. We just love winning more than the game itself… and this is the main difference between the US and the rest of the world in sports. In the US nothing is bigger than the game. In the rest of the world, the most important thing is the team you support. It does not matter if you played well, badly, or anything, as long as your team wins. No matter the sport. In europe, all the big clubs have teams in all major sports (soccer, basketball, voleyball, water polo). Hence, rivalries transfer to any sport. Olympiakos and Panthinaikos are two of the biggest clubs in europe in all sports, so you don’t have basketball fans, soccer fans, polo fans. You have fans that follow the team in all sports. And those fans do not care about the game, they care about their team winning. An analogy is the Lakers and Celtics to have major basketball, football, baseball and hockey teams, and their rivalry tranfered to each sport.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    I’m so pissed that it was Olympiakos fans that went over the edge this time. What a pathetic way to end a strong season. 2nd in Euroleague, but all u are gonna read about is this mess.

  • RedRum

    They key was game 3. Olympiakos was 14 points ahead in the 3rd quarter, and panathinaikos turned the game around and won by 9. Olympiakos had serious complaints about the refereing but I don’t think it was justified. Panathinaikos played really tough D, and the refs allowed it, but they allowed it for both team. Olympiakos just got beaten up… They key was that coach Giannakis did his usual mistake when he is ahead in crucial games. he slowed the tempo of the team, while the team’s make up is a fast paced game, they average 91 ppg (which is great given that quarters in europe are 10 mins not 12). This gave Panathinaikos the chance to turn the game into a possessions game.

  • opo

    All of the above Americans who posted the ignorant generalizations about ‘Euros’ and the fact we should be ‘ashamed’ really need to put things in perspective. I mean, do you ‘Americans’ as a collective feel ashamed about the war crimes you committed in Iraq which killed a million people?
    I know that may seem off topic, but the analogy is still valid.
    Back to basketball, Panathinaikos were the better team and deserved to win. Giannakis will be replaced no doubt.