The Celtics will be going back overseas for at least part of training camp this year (they had a full overseas camp in Italy in 2007 and credit for creating an instant bond between a newly constructed eventual champion). The dates and opponents have now been announced (via ESPN Boston)
The Boston Celtics and the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA), and top Euroleague Basketball teams Alba Berlin from Germany, EA7 Emporio Armani from Italy, and Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul from Turkey will play a series of preseason games this October as part of NBA Europe Live 2012 presented by BBVA™, the NBA, Euroleague Basketball, and BBVA announced today.
The four-game tour tips off on Oct. 5 when the 17-time NBA Champion Boston Celtics play five-time Turkish Champions Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul at the newly opened, state-of-the-art Ulker Sports Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. The highly successful O2 World in Berlin, Germany, will be the venue for the homecoming of German national Dirk Nowitzki as the 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks take on eight-time German Champions Alba Berlin on Oct. 6. Next stop is Milan, Italy, where 25-time Italian Champions EA7 Emporio Armani will match up against the Celtics at the Mediolanum Forum on Oct.7. The Mavericks will play an additional game in Spain with details to be announced in the near future
So the season just ended… we’ve got the draft coming up… free agency at the start of July… Summer Leagues starting at the end of July… the Olympics… and then before you know it, October is here and we’ll be watching this team play again. This is going to be a busy summer.