Celtics to play preseason game in Milan


The Boston Celtics will play a preseason game in Milan, Italy, on Oct. 6 as part of NBA Global Games Europe 2015. They'll go up against three-time Euroleague Champion and 26-time Italian League Champion Olimpia Milano at the Mediolanum Forum.

The Celtics played a preseason game in Milan against Emporio Armani in 2012. This will be their seventh game in Europe overall, according to the NBA.

“On behalf of the Celtics organization, we are proud to return to Milan for NBA Global Games 2015,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in the league’s release. "I have particularly fond memories of playing in Europe almost 30 years ago, and I am sure our current players will relish this unique opportunity.”

The league’s release notes that Olimpia Milano features old friend MarShon Brooks, who appeared in 10 games for the Celtics during the 2013-14 season. (Acquired during the 2013 blockbuster with the Brooklyn Nets, Brooks was traded away in a three-team swap in January 2014.)

Boston’s European vacation had been rumored for months. The Boston Herald previously reported the Celtics expect to play another preseason game in Madrid during the trip.

The Celtics are also scheduled to play the Sacramento Kings in a regular-season game in Mexico City on Dec. 3.