By: Nick Gibson/ @euro_adventures


Josh Childress, Stanford: You know who he is, where he’s been and the trend that he might have started. Even if he heads home this offseason—and I’d bet the couple wads of cash I have on it—he’ll have reached two Euroleague Final Fours, made an All-Euroleague team, and double-dodged the impact of both the US economic downturn and the Greek financial collapse. And skipped out on taxes. Not bad. It’s why Merriam-Webster’s issued both he and Drizzy their special ‘recession’-less copies.

Scoonie Penn, BostonCollege/Ohio State: Everyone who thought Michael Redd was cooler than Scoonie Penn during the Buckeyes’ 1999 Final Four run, raise your hand. Thanks, Mrs. Redd, you can lower your hand now. After making the All-Big East team twice with BC, Scoonie left for Ohio State where he earned Big Ten POY honors with 17 points, 4 assists and the catchiest name in college. Once his memorable college career came to a close, my Hawks took him 57th overall in 2000 in order to complete the Mookie-to-Scoonie switch at point guard. Apparently unaware of this predestined roster swap opportunity, Atlanta held onto superstars Sean Colson and Tony Smith instead and Scoonie was shown the door. Since then, Penn has played for 11 different teams in 7 countries and now finds himself on a repeat stint with Olympiacos, the first coming in 2006-07. Surprisingly, Scoonie Penn ages just like the rest of us and somehow he’s already 33. He’s also perfectly content playing 33-year-old minutes if it means getting his hands on his first ever Continental Trophy.


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…for more on Sofo’s weight loss, Vujcic’s bid for a third Euroleague title and Olympiacos’ chances of winning it all.