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Report: Greek team makes offer to Corey Maggette

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Greek teams were not expected to be big players in the “grab an NBA player during the lockout” game because, well, their country’s economy is so bad it’s sucking half of Europe into the seventh level of hell with it.

But at least one team is making a run.

According to TalkBasket.net (who got it from a Greek sports site), PAOK has made an offer to Corey Maggette. No word on if the Bucks swingman and and-one specialist plans to take them up on their offer. He would need to have an opt-out in the deal as he has two years and $21 million left on his contract.

The report also stats that if PAOK doesn’t get Maggette they have a couple other NBA players in mind. PAOK is one of the bigger names in Greek hoops and guys like Peja Stojakovic, Rasho Nesterovic and even current Bucks head coach Scott Skiles have played for them.

Cavs fans had nothing on fans in Greece, just ask Josh Childress

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There was a lot of anger in Cleveland last night, a lot of “a—hole” chants and a handful of people tossed from the building.

It reminded the Suns Josh Childress of Greece (where he played the last two seasons).

Well, not really, the Cavaliers fans were not angry enough and did not throw explosives or bodily waste onto the floor. Which is what Childress told FanHouse he saw launched while in Greece.

“Pieces of marble to ceramic, M-80s, lighters, cameras, cell phones, coins, bottles of urine, feces. Everything.”

Wait a minute? Bottles of urine?

“Actually, some of my buddies got hit with them,” Childress said. “I don’t even know why you would think to do that.”


“It’s as bad as it sounds,” Childress said.

Childress said the rule was not to pick up any paper or anything thrown on the court because people would wrap the explosives in them.

Anytime I become disappointed in how we as Americans act as fans at sporting events, I can count on the fans in other countries — usually soccer fans — to remind me just how bad it could be.

All Peja Stojakovic wants is a pain free season

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Last season, Peja Stojakovic missed 20 games due to a lingering back issue. The year before 21. Those two years his field goal percentage dropped 40 points from what it had been three years ago, from three (his specialty) the percentage dropped 60 points.

Now, at age 33, he told Hornets.com what happens next depends on his health.

“This is my 13th season, so I can say that I really want to go through this year pain-free,” Stojakovic said. “Next year I’m going to be 34, so I will sit down and make a decision on my next move in life, whether I am going to continue to play, which I would love to under one condition: that I’m healthy and that I feel physically right to continue.”

Is it possible, then, that this might be his last season in the league? “I don’t want to think about it,” he said. “It’s very hard for any athlete to think about that. I’m just approaching this year as another year in the NBA. I know that as the year goes by, you take hits on your body and you’ve got to accept that and make adjustments and roll with it.”

The last time Stojakovic was injury free was the 07-08 campaign, when he shot 44 percent from three — and the Hornets went to the playoffs looking like an up-and-coming team. Now it looks like a team that wants to rebuild.

Stojakovic’s name will come up in trades to rebuild the Hornets — he makes $14.2 million as an expiring contract. That’s a big chip for teams desperate to drop payroll, and could be used by the Hornets to bring back pieces that will keep Chris Paul happy. You can bet Del Demps will be shopping him.

How much interest there is in him will be partially determined by his health. It always seems to come back to that. Stojakovic would see his role change to coming off the bench, his minutes could drop again.

Next season Stojakovic will be 34. He could return to Europe (he played professionally in Greece before coming to the Kings in 1996) or maybe find an NBA team where he is the designated shooter off the bench. Either way, he said he does not want to quit playing.

“I’m looking forward to playing a couple more years. I really want to be out there, because I still enjoy the game. Hopefully I’m going to be allowed to do it, health-wise.”