Posts Tagged ‘Josh Childress’

NEW EURO LEAGUE FORWARD JOSH CHILDRESS PARTIES IN GREECE

July 24, 2008

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NBA PLAYERS FLEEING TO EUROPE?

July 21, 2008

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According to Yahoo! Sports, Atlanta Hawks free agent forward Josh Childress is considering a $20 million offer from the Greek basketball league team Olympiakos. Childress flew to Greece on Sunday.

Yahoo! notes a growing trend of NBA free agents to take big money contracts and play overseas. Already this offseason Juan Carlos Navarro elected to sign with a European team rather than return to the NBA.

Experts say with the strength of the Euro versus the dollar and because foreign teams are willing to pay players entire tax bills, a $20 million offer by a European team may be the equivalent of a $50 million NBA offer.

Meanwhile, The Bergen Record says New Jersey Nets free agent forward Bostjan Nachbar has agreed to a $14.3 million contract with Dynamo Moscow, a Russian league team. In an interview with ESPN today, Nachbar said NBA teams needed to “be careful” because European teams were offering players a lot of money. Carlos Delfino of Toronto also signed with a Russian team this summer. The Yahoo! Sports article says Russian billionaires investing in European league teams is one reason for the escalating salaries.

Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls may be the next to go. The young forward today issued the Bulls a contract ultimatum.

SHOE FETISH

March 19, 2008

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Atlanta Hawks forward, Josh Childress, has a thing for shoes. In fact, you might call him the Imelda Marcos of the NBA.

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Childress owns over 500 pairs of shoes. He collects athletic footware.

 Childress describes himself as a “shoe head.” 

“It’s my passion,” Childress said. “Some guys play cards. Some guys collect watches or cars or whatever. My thing is shoes.”

Childress is more than just your average collector. He’s a shoe scholar.

His teammates say Childress can name every shoe — brand, make and model — worn by every player on every team in the NBA.

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 In an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Childress gave his list of the all-time best basketball shoes:

CHILDRESS’ HALL OF GAME

NIKE AIR JORDAN XI: This model is Childress’ “favorite shoe of all time.”

NIKE AIR JORDAN III: Childress says this is his second-favorite model.

NIKE AIR FORCE 1: This crocodile-skin version includes real gold trim.

NIKE AIR FORCE 1: Childress helped Nike design this shoe.

NIKE AIR FORCE 1 LASER: This Air Force 1 is another Childress favorite.

NIKE AIR FORCE 1 VIBE: Childress says only 1,000 pairs of Vibes were made.