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Report: Celtics to play preseason games in Istanbul, Milan

Apr 11, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

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We have no idea who will be on the Celtics roster next October when training camp opens.

But we do know whoever it is will need working passports as part of training camp will be in Turkey and Italy.

The Celtics will have part of their training camp and play some preseason games in Istanbul and Milan, reports the Boston Herald.

Sources have confirmed that, barring any logistical problems overseas, the Celts will hold workouts and face European teams in both sites. There are still some contracts to be signed, but at present the C’s will play in Turkey on Oct. 5, and in Italy on Oct. 7.

Team president Danny Ainge had no comment on the matter when it was presented to him yesterday, but it appears as though coach Doc Rivers will get his wish of going away for camp. Rivers always has spoken of his fondness of taking his team away from the familiar surroundings in the Boston area so the players can bond.

Bonding may be especially important for the Celtics next year with the roster changes that are coming.

Istanbul is home to Besiktas, the team that both Allen Iverson and Deron Williams played with.

This is a smart business move, as well. The NBA is the biggest and best basketball league in the world and the Celtics are now an international brand. In the same way the best of European soccer — and Man City — come to play in the United States before the season (or in Asia), it makes sense for the NBA to send its teams out as ambassadors.

  1. bozosforall - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    European fans will take one look at those ugly puke green uniforms and walk right out of the arenas.

    • patsfiend - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      More like, the NBA picked a classy historical franchise to represent themselves internationally, and stayed away from any featuring aging purple me-first superstars who might jump on any of the hotel staff members.

      • Kurt Helin - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:53 AM

        You’re right, KG is nothing but classy all the time.

      • patsfiend - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:57 AM

        Haaa…. yes, classy in a Ron Burgundy kind of way, I suppose. Hopefully there won’t be to many English speaking fans sitting courtside.

  2. andyhr17 - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Um… If your puke is the color of the Celtics’ uniforms then you should probably go to see a doctor…like right now.

    • drewzducks - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:05 PM

      Purple and yellow. Now that’s pukish.

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