Chris Bosh Leaves Toronto, Signs With Olympiakos of Greece
by Curt Hogg
Correspondent Written on May 29, 2010
— Former NBA All Star and Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh announced late Friday night that he has signed to play basketball next season overseas in Greece.
Bosh confirmed rumors that he would not be playing in Toronto next season, shocking his Twitter followers and fans, by signing a deal with Olympiakos of the Greece 1-A League.
"I wanted to move on in my career. Take a step that most people don't take. Olympiakos is that step," said Bosh in a statement released to the press.
Olympiakos is currently is the championship for the 1-A League, battling the Panathinaiko Reds for the title. The Greens are ranked second-best in all of Europe.
Coming into the off-season, Bosh was one of many highly-touted free agents, a list that includes the likes of LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade, Joe Johnson, and Ray Allen. Bosh's signing eliminates one of the top money makers from that list.
His contract is reportedly worth four years, $10 million.
Why accept such a small contract when he could have made over quadruple that in America? Why not let Bosh answer that.
"I'm a trail blazer. And not on Portland. I couldn't do that team. Europe ain't never seen nothin' like this before."