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Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 at 9:40 am  |  14 responses

Josh Childress: NBA Players Taking Big Risks Heading Overseas


Josh Childress played in Greece for a couple of years, but taking all risks into consideration, he doesn’t understand why anyone with a solid NBA deal would head overseas during the current lockout. From ESPN: “Phoenix Suns swingman Josh Childress returned to the NBA this season after spending the previous two playing for the Grecian version of the Boston Celtics, Olympiacos. Now that he’s back in the NBA, I asked if he’d consider returning to Europe to play during the lockout and jeopardize the last four years of his five-year, $33 million deal. ‘No, I wouldn’t,’ he says. ‘And I don’t know why guys would. I understand that guys really want to play. But you sometimes have to look at what you have and treat this as a business. The only way I could see it making sense is if you’re a player from a particular country going back. But for an American player with a good-sized guaranteed deal here, I can’t see why you’d do it.’ One great misnomer is that a player is just as at risk of a contract-voiding injury playing at Pauley Pavilion or in some other offseason pick-up game as playing overseas.”

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  • T-Money

    why? um because it’s 5 million dollars that you wouldn’t get playing at barry farm or the drew?!

  • Chris6

    the Grecian version of the Boston Celtics, Olympiacos..plz don’t do that to yourself slam..you couldnt be more wrong!don’t compare Celtics to olympiakos!you maybe know everything about US bball but Europewise you have a loooooong way to go

  • t-money

    he has a good point

  • bull22

    josh like some players are making sense, the only way alot of these players
    go is not for the love of the game, its because they either need the money or because billy hunter is having them play these mind games with the media, the fans and the owners….. thats the bottom line here…

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    The players are threatening to go overseas as a form of leverage against the owners. They know the NBA isn’t the NBA without the best players in the world. Putting pressure on ending the lockout faster. End of story. Josh Childress is just insinuating that it will be easier for NBA teams to void contracts if players are injured playing professionally overseas, opposed to staying in shape playing in proams locally. There is no threat to any superstar like Deron Williams. Because it would be beyond stupid to let him go because of an injury overseas and thus making him free to sign for another team. Basically, Josh Childress or another American ROLE PLAYER would be dumb to risk their guaranteed money to a system where getting paid on time, if at all is a risk that isn’t worth taking.

  • T-Money

    bull22: what does “need the money” mean? players will have to play somewhere regardless just to be in game shape once the NBA season rolls around. again, either you play pro-am for $0 or you play in europe $5 mil. or even if it’s not that much money, it’s still organized ball – which is much better than anything they can do here during the lockout.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @T-Money agreed. again, we are talking livelihoods here. Not everybody is Lebron or Kobe….some guys have to literally grind through being on the chopping block 82 games out of the year, this is there livelihood. Sitting down, making no money, and not staying in game shape doesn’t even make sense.

  • stayweird38

    no one cares what this dumb scrub has to say hahah the suns are fools for overpaying this scrub hahah FREE STEVE NASH ALREADY

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Cosign ^^^. What was the Sun thinking in paying a defensive slasher that kind of money.

  • ab40

    childress wasn’t that good when he played there and he wasn’t clutch either. It took a while for him to understand the euro game and that bothered him.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    misnomer noun 1 a wrong or unsuitable name. 2 the use of an incorrect name or term.
    ETYMOLOGY: 15c: from French mesnommer to misname, from mes- mis- + nommer to name, from Latin nominare.

  • iCARNACKi

    But couldn’t the contract be voided just as easily if the player injures themselves in a Pro/Am game in America?

    Regardless, if I’m Josh Childress and I got a guaranteed $33 million contract I wrap myself in cotton wool and play Xbox all throughout the lockout… no way I risk voiding a contract where I’m overpaid by about $30 million.

  • Brickshooting J

    Grecian? Is that a nod to George W Bush?

  • supermaaaaan

    Two words……Anthony Hardaway!

    We all know what happen in the last lockout….debate!…..Could you imagine Dwight being over weight??????

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