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Apollo 05-24-2009 10:08 PM

Josh Childress involved in on-court riot in Greece
 
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In his three-year run at Stanford, Josh Childress never made it past the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In his four years in the NBA, he played in just one playoff series. So we’re guessing Chill wasn’t quite prepared for the kind of postseason intensity he’s seeing in his first year in the Euroleague.

In the opening game of the best-of-five Greek League finals yesterday, Childress’ Olympiakos team lost to their rivals, Panathinaikos. But not before things got kind of crazy. From USA Today:

The match was interrupted for nearly 20 minutes with 1:25 left and Panathinaikos leading 60-58.

Olympiakos fans threw a flare, plastic bottles and other projectiles 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 floor had severe burn marks.

Enraged fans were trying to storm the floor and would not listen to the pleas of Olympiakos players for calm. Riot police moved in to contain the supporters. Some 200 hardcore fans also clashed with police after the game and even tried to storm the teams’ locker rooms and the press room where the two coaches were giving interviews.

Fan violence is not uncommon at Greek matches, and the league banned visiting fans from the playoffs and most regular season matches.


Funny how this has barely been a story in the American sports media, yet if it happened in an NBA game, it would spark CourtTV “Live at Michael Jackson’s Trial”-type around-the-clock coverage.

But part of the fallout may be that Childress, who scored a team-high 23 points in the loss, is back playing in the NBA sooner than expected.

“The violence we saw today, will make me think real hard over my future in Europe,” he was quoted by the Associated Press. “This did not help the team at all … the moment you play and you have found a rhythm, you can’t stop because (of the violence) in the stands.”
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Belsius 05-24-2009 10:30 PM

He later said those accidents wont change his decision. I really dont believe him. Its funny that he finally has a big game and that happends. The greek league has always been a disaster.

Wiseguy 05-24-2009 11:20 PM

wow i just had huge deja vue... couldve sworn i read that a while ago

N64 05-24-2009 11:24 PM

gotta love those crzy europeans :cheers2:

Apollo 05-24-2009 11:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Wiseguy (Post 185905)
wow i just had huge deja vue... couldve sworn i read that a while ago

Yeah, me too. I think something similar to this had to have happened in the near past.

Superjudge 05-25-2009 11:57 AM

:evillaugh::dancing::yeah:

LX 05-25-2009 03:24 PM

Can't they just settle for doing the wave?

'trane 05-25-2009 03:38 PM

i don't see how childress is 'involved in an on-court riot'... perhaps i am being picky about word use, but this thread title makes it sound like he was doing something besides just being on the team when it happened.

MangoKidHoops 05-25-2009 03:43 PM

Well, if you know he can throw down in an on-court riot, you know he's gotta be tough. Let's get him!

Ugo Ferst 05-25-2009 03:46 PM

its funny euros think they have the market cornered in intelligence and sophisication (SP) and openly mock americans all the time, yet act like this at a sporting event.... way to go

MangoKidHoops 05-25-2009 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Ugo Ferst (Post 186139)
its funny euros think they have the market cornered in intelligence and sophisication (SP) and openly mock americans all the time, yet act like this at a sporting event.... way to go

Feelin a bit inferior there, bud? I don't think any European has ever thought they "cornered the market in intelligence and sophistication".

Benzo 05-25-2009 03:51 PM

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Originally Posted by MangoKidHoops (Post 186142)
Feelin a bit inferior there, bud? I don't think any European has ever thought they "cornered the market in intelligence and sophistication".

Except the French

Apollo 05-25-2009 03:52 PM

The hell, did I walk into a Degrassi reunion? I'm not sure if Apollo Creed ever made a cameo appearance but if he did I'm sure he punched Wheels right in the nose glasses or not.

MangoKidHoops 05-25-2009 03:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Benzo (Post 186145)
Except the French

Right, the French. I went to Paris about 4 years ago, and was trying hard to communicate in french and they totally mocked me.

Belsius 05-25-2009 04:54 PM

Gotta love how stereotypes fly. :face4:


Except what mango said, that one is absolutelly true. Well, I never heard of mocking but Parisiens do not do anything try to understand you at all. Rest of France they are much nicer though.

Superjudge 05-25-2009 06:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Benzo (Post 186145)
Except the French

but hey do have it cornered!

Dark Knight 05-25-2009 06:18 PM

Wheres the video! I need proof I can see!

Oh ya, whats with the avatars? Did i miss some memo about having pictures from the 1980's?


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