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Olympiacos Ownership Duo Entices Former NBAer Josh Childress
Published October 13, 2008
|Olympiacos Owners Look To Attract More
NBAers, Like Childress (c), In Future
ONLY JUST THE START: Olympiacos Owners Panayiotis and George Angelopoulos said that they "have only just begun poaching players from the NBA." The TIMES' Thamel reported the Angelopoulos' are "billionaire brothers with the goal of making Olympiacos the best team in the world outside the NBA." Panayiotis Angelopoulos, "with a brash tone and hands-on manner, ... is the Euroleague's version of [Mavericks Owner] Mark Cuban." He said, "Next season I will open up a small office for free agents in New York, and I will take petitions." Thamel noted Childress' agent, Jim Tanner, "impressed Angelopoulos." Angelopoulos said of Tanner, "He came informed. He was not asking, 'Do you have enough money?' and other questions that make me angry." Angelopoulos said of other NBA players possibly playing in Europe in the future, "We'll see a day when a superstar player comes to Europe, but to Olympiacos, not to another team." He did not disclose the maximum amount he would pay a player, but said, "I have already made my investigation into the free-agent market for next year. Even if Josh decides to go back, we'll be ready" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/12).