Story of the Week: Olympiacos's Tillie faces his past

Oct 11, 2017 by By Nikos Varlas, Print
Story of the Week: Olympiacos's Tillie faces his past

Our protagonist is sound asleep in a Hawaii hotel, lying beside the love of his life and their toddler son. Suddenly, he is awoken by the sound of his phone. The sun has not risen yet, but the call brings good news. A large European company is interested in his services and they have sent him a generous contract offer for him to sign.

He gets out of bed with a big smile, signs the contract and sends it back. He then shares the news with his wife and heads out for a beautiful breakfast with his family. Then it's on to some fun in the sun and the turquoise waters of famous Waikiki beach to continue the celebration with the family.

One could be forgiven for turning the channel at this point on what seems like a pretty cheesy and cliché movie. But as it turns out, this story is not scripted. This is how Kim Tillie received and signed his contract over the summer to play for Olympiacos Piraeus. And now the French big man wears the uniform of one of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague's true giants.