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Unlike the team’s chemistry-forming trip in 2007 — coming off a summer that brought Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to Boston — the Celtics will hold a few days of training camp stateside this year before trekking to Istanbul and Milan for a pair of games to kick off their exhibition slate.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Rivers said Tuesday at the team’s golf tournament at The International. “I really wanted to, actually, go the first day after Media Day [on Friday]. We just couldn’t do it for whatever reason. But I can’t wait to go.”
For Rivers, there’s some uneasiness about splitting up training camp while making the trek across the Atlantic, but he believes the trip will almost certainly be a good thing for his squad.
“I haven’t done it this way. The way we did it in [Rome and] London, we went right away, and we had camp over there. And I thought that was terrific,” said Rivers. “This way, where you kind of cut up your camp, I’m not a big fan of that. But I do think it will have something. It’ll be good for us. I just think when you’re traveling together like this overseas, it’s always pretty good.”
I believe the Celtics depart Sunday for their week in Turkey and Italy [Pre-season schedule].
While this trip won’t be a team building exercise like 2007, the Celtics still need to work some key guys (Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, and Jared Sullinger) into the flow.
The trip shouldn’t be a hassle like Miami’s journey to China in mid October. The championship hangover is happening…
I love the end of that video where Clark Griswald says: “It’s amazing, I cannot get left…”
His exasperation reminds of Jameer Nelson during the game Avery Bradley hassled the hell out of him full-court.
One other minor note, Jason Collins is in the best shape of his career:
“I’ve worked hard,” Collins said. “I don’t know how often Doc is going to call my name and number, but I’ll be ready. That’s the job of a professional is to put yourself in the best possible shape to help your team win.”
Said Rivers: “Jason is in phenomenal shape.”
Good to hear. You never know who will be needed to play big minutes.
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