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Childress goes to Greece..Lebron to follow?

Posted on: July 24, 2008 4:07 am
Edited on: July 24, 2008 4:27 am
Alright I saw someone that was saying that Josh Childress going to Greece to get paid was going to start some huge trend of NBA players going overseas, and that stars were going to follow, blah, blah blah.

They went on to say that it was Stern's fault for globalizing the NBA.

All of this is ridiculous.

  1. Josh Childress is now the highest paid player in the league, his 3 year, 20 million dollar contract is unprecedented in the league.
  2. Josh Childress is not a star player, he was the sixth man on the 8th seed in the EASTERN Conference!!!
People need to stop and think for a minute

If playing overseas was so attractive, why do all of the world's best players come over here?

Why isn't Dirk Nowitzki in Europe?

Yao Ming in China?

Manu Ginoboli in South America?

I'll tell you why

the NBA is the richest basketball league in the world

they can't afford Lebron over there

the way I see it, if this starts a trend of 7th/8th men going overseas, then who cares?

we trade our mid-level players for their stars

works for me.

Now if you checked out my last blog, you'd see me saying that I was waiting for an elite high school player to elect not to go to college because they knew they'd only go one year, and elect to go pro elsewhere instead, the kid Jennings who was going to go to Arizona, didn't go to the NBDL like I was saying, because of a loophole,more than likely you can get paid more overseas, but he did go pro elsewhere which was the secondary point i was making. I knew it was going to happen. It takes one person to do it to make the other kids realize they can, THIS will start a trend. In fact I heard some other player decided not to come back for his junior year and signed a deal to play overseas.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2008 1:42 am

Childress goes to Greece..Lebron to follow?

more nba players are headed to Europe

more role players

these players are only important to the teams they're on



not a big market for those kinds of guys throughout the league

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2008 10:18 pm

Childress goes to Greece..Lebron to follow?

Good points guys. I truly believe that this is the right thing for Childress to do. I admire his courage to make this move. I think this is something that is going to become more prevalent in the near future. And I also agree that European basketball is very good. I think the biggest difference between the Euro style and our style is that the Euro players play a more fundamentally sound style and they do not have the athletes that we do. Also, their top players can absolutely hang with some of our top players. The big difference lies in secondary or bench players. Our bench guys like Childress can be stars in Europe. Their bench guys are not real good. So, that being said, I think he's doing the right thing and this will occur more often.

I agree with you RaicesNYC; we should embrace all that the rest of the world can offer. And just as the US is offering a nice career for the top players in Europe, Europe can offer a nice career for the American players as well. This is also another way for basketball to become a common thread between our country and the countries of the world.


Since: Jun 23, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2008 9:02 am

Childress goes to Greece..Lebron to follow?

I'm 100% for anyone going overseas to make a buck or two.  Don't underestimate the caliber of players & teams outside of the U.S.  As evidenced in the last few world games, "we ain't da only ones who can ball".  That said, the NBA may be the richest basketball league in the world, but that's not why foreign players flock to us.  It's the level of competition.  Also, star players are urged by their country's leaders to play in the NBA for exposure & for the hope that they can "stick it" to the Americans in their own game & in our backyard.  I feel that globalization of the sport is not a horrible thing.  We need as much exposure to other cultures as much as possible and if we do that through sports so be it.  I'd love for my kid to learn about a foreign land just because their favorite player originates from there.  We have to embrace all of the positive things that the globalization of sports brings forth.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2008 2:43 am

Childress goes to Greece..Lebron to follow?

good stuff, good stuff

This was definitely a smart move by Childress. He is a Stanford guy.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2008 1:18 am

Childress goes to Greece..Lebron to follow?

very well put. nice to see some people have their heads on straight.

just a real quick fyi, the kid i heard of signing to play in europe was ra'sean dickey, the center for ga tech, who was hurt last season and decided to forego his final year of eligibility to play elsewhere. like childress, he's no superstar in the making; he is a smart kid making some bank against professionals elsewhere, which will likely land him a reserve role in the nba down the road. like you said, there's a big difference.

anyway, deuces

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2008 1:39 pm

Childress goes to Greece..Lebron to follow?

Let's put this into proper perspective guys. Who is Childress? He's a backup NBA player. He's not a Nowitzki or a Ginobili. He's not that good. However, this Greek team seems to think that he could lead them to a Greek league championship or something, which he probably can. So, they offer him this tremendous deal and, of course, he has to consider it and i will tell you why.

1. He's not going to get that type of money in the NBA

2. He's going to be the best player in the Greek league

3. His NBA playing days are numbered with every draft that occurs. His skills are limited and there's at least 10 new Childress-level players coming out of college every year. So, where does he go from here?

His only  options are to continue playing in the NBA for another couple of years, or to get paid a whole lot of money playing in Greece for the next 3-4 years. I actually think that he is doing the right thing for himself and for his family. He can put his family in a lot better financial situation by making this move, and he prolongs his career in the process.


I like this move by Childress. And, no, LeBron James is not going to do this.

 What fun would it be for Lebron to score 80 points per game and run circles around slow European guys and win a European title every year? Who would know about that, and who would care? Uhh, not me.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2008 4:25 am

Childress goes to Greece..Lebron to follow?

hmmm, I knew that

didn't realized I had qualified it as European players, I almost added Barbosa to the list

I wrote it like I was talking it though, without really thinking

I'll fix it

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2008 4:17 am

Childress goes to Greece..Lebron to follow?

Just wanted to say...

Manu Ginobili from Argentina!  He's not European!

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