Greek League Fans Too Hardbody for Josh Childress

by May 22, 2009

A violent incident has Josh feeling a bit shook about staying in Europe: “Panathinaikos beat archrival Olympiakos 69-67 in the opening game of the Greek League finals on Thursday, with riot police called to control fans inside and outside the arena. Former Atlanta Hawks swingman Josh Childress(notes) had 23 points for Olympiakos, the home team. ‘The violence we saw today, will make me think real hard over my future in Europe,’ said Childress, who signed a 3-year deal worth $20 million with Olympiakos in July. The game was interrupted for nearly 20 minutes with 1:25 to play and Panathinaikos leading 60-58. Olympiakos fans threw a flare, plastic bottles and other items at Panathinaikos’ bench during a timeout, sending the players scampering for safety. A timekeeper was slightly injured and part of the bench and the surrounding court had severe burn marks.”