Catching up with Josh Childress
Becoming the highest-paid player in the world outside of the NBA raised the profile of the 25-year-old Childress, who spent his first four professional seasons playing mostly off the bench as a solid contributor for the Atlanta Hawks.
"Early on, I was followed really closely by the media," Childress said of his experience in Greece, where Olympiacos also pays for his housing, car and other expenses. "It was a bit overwhelming. I didn't really know how to handle the scrutiny because I hadn't had to deal with it on that level.
"Now I am fine, though."
The same goes for Childress' health. After spending the last month back in the United States rehabilitating from sports hernia surgery, Childress was preparing to return to the court as early as this week. He is averaging 15.6 points and 25 minutes for first-place Olympiacos in the Greek League and 10.7 points and 26 minutes against stiffer competition in the Euroleague.
In an e-mail interview, Childress spoke with SI.com about his on- and off-court transition to Greece and whether he plans to exercise an opt-out clause in his contract after the season and return to the NBA (where he would be a Hawks restricted free agent).