Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Josh Childress and Brandon Jennings are both from California. They both opted to leave the United States to play professional basketball in Europe. And both are being hailed as trailblazers.
Childress, a 6-foot-8 forward who played at Stanford, signed a three-year, $20 million contract this summer with Olympiacos of Greece instead of re-signing with the Atlanta Hawks.
“I get paid double, my role increases, I have no expenses and I move to a nice city?” Childress told The New York Times. “How many guys wouldn’t do that, regardless if you’re a lawyer or a doctor? In a business sense, if I were to tell people that I passed on that deal, I would be stupid. That would be the next headline: Josh Childress Shouldn’t Have Gone to Stanford. He’s an Idiot.”
Read the full story at SNY.tv.
What do you think? Will we see more American pros going to Europe to follow Childress? Will an increased number of prep players, like Lance Stephenson and Renardo Sidney, follow Jennings overseas? Is this a good or a bad thing?
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.