Greek Basketball Fans Storm Streets To Celebrate Breakdown in NBA Labor Talks

5 10 2011

When a nation is down on its luck due to economic hardship, social unrest, or military conflict that state’s people often turn to sports for solace. The people of Greece are no different. Or are they? Usually, citizens unite under their own preferred professional teams or various national teams. Examples of these instances are plentiful: New Orleans rallying behind the Saints, America’s brief and unrequited love affair with women’s soccer this past summer, and that time Detroit was supposed to feel better about itself when they hosted the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four. But Greece has taken an international route to soothe their domestic woe. Once news broke yesterday of the NBA’s cancelled preseason Greek citizens took to the streets to celebrate the slim chance that some of America’s star basketball players could be heading their way sooner than later. Here are four pictures from the day’s events.

The day began peacefully enough with Greeks gathering together to chant, “MVP, MVP, MVP.” It’s still unclear whether they were referring to themselves as “MVPs” or if it was just something they’d seen Americans do on TV and felt that it was appropriate.

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