Just like in the 2007-2008 season, the Celtics will have the opportunity to go overseas and have a chance to gel. With the possibility of players leaving to other teams, retirement, or trades, there will probably be some new faces and rookies.
Back in 2007 when the Celtics went to Italy, the team got to know each other very well. Being in a foreign country without friends or family, they only had their teammates to hang out with and talk to. By doing this, the team’s chemistry was probably a lot tighter than it would have been if they had training camp at the Celtics practice facility.
If the Big 3 decide not to return, a new nucleus will have to be formed. Its possible that the Celtics may have 2 or more rookies joining the team next year. Having the chance for them to get to know their new teammates could very well be a good thing in helping them adjust to the NBA.
I can’t stress enough that next season could possibly be the beginning of a new era. An era in which Rajon Rondo is the leader of the team. Giving Rondo a few weeks to get to know the rookies and vice-versa, could have a positive impact on the team moving forward to the regular season.
On this trip, the Celtics will be playing two teams from the Euro League. October 5th, they will be taking on the five-time Turkish Champions, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul. Then, two days later, the Celtics will travel to Milan to face team EA7 Emporio Armani.
When I heard about a month ago that the Celtics were selected to go to Europe, I immediately thought back to the championship team of 2008. This time, the overseas trip may have more importance due to new faces, and the possibility of the Big 3 no longer on the roster.
Next season is going to be interesting, there is a lot that needs to happen and questions need to be answered before preseason starts. This trip could either be what helps fuel the old, veteran team to winning another championship, or being the trip that helps the new, very young team to become a cohesive unit and learn how to play as a team together.