Passports needed for 2012-13 preseason
Back in February, Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that the Celtics would trek to Milan, Italy and Istanbul, Turkey, continuing the NBA's recent theme of international preseason games. The Boston Herald reported that the Celtics have considered the idea of holding their entire training camp overseas, but Rivers said Tuesday that much is still to be determined, though he does like the idea of an overseas camp.
"I love when we go [away for camp]," said Rivers. "I’ve always liked it, if it’s done right. And we will find that out later -- we don't know if we’re going to go over there and be our training camp, or if we’re going to do the quick trip. I’m not a big fan of the quick trip. I think when you go over there, go over there, and have camp there. I think it’s a great team-bonding trip. I’m hoping that’s what we do, but that hasn’t been clarified yet."
According to the reports, the Celtics are pegged for a pair of exhibition games in early October. With the Boston roster set for a potential major overhaul, Rivers is open to the idea of a long trip to bring the team closer together, much like what happened after the Celtics spent the preseason in Rome after the Big Three were assembled before the 2007-08 championship campaign.
Celtics rookie center Greg Stiemsma spent two stints in Turkey while working his way to the NBA. Asked about potentially heading back overseas next season, he quipped before Tuesday's shootaround at AmericanAirlines Arena, "I was hoping not to go back." Stiemsma did admit he could serve as tour guide and help the team navigate parts of Turkey.
Play Podcast ESPN NHL analyst Barry Melrose talks about big wins for the Bruins and Sharks on Thursday night and compares the end of Wayne Gretzky's career to the end of Michael Jordan's career.
Play Podcast Adnan Virk and Chris Broussard discuss another surgery on Rob Gronkowski's broken forearm and wonder if Gronkowski's inability to heal from this injury is a red flag for the rest of Gronkowski's career.
Play Podcast Ryen Russillo and Adnan Virk discuss the Bruins' incredible comeback against the Leafs, put the game in historical perspective and talk about how crushing the loss is for the people of Toronto.