The Boston Celtics have brought in a number of foreign professional basketball players over the past few years, so it’s no surprise that many of them play for their home country’s national basketball team. when they have the chance. On September 1, teams from across Europe that feature current and former Celtics will compete in the EuroBasket 2022 tournament.
While the only current Celtic taking part in the EuroBasket 2022 tournament will be new addition Danilo Gallinari, former and potential future Celtics from various countries will also be present at the top of Gallinari, according to the official FIBA website, which includes:
France: Evan Fournier, Vincent Poirier, Guerschon Yabusele
Germany: Dennis Schroder, Daniel Theis, Mo Wagner
Israel: Yam Madar
Italy: Luigi Datome, Gallinari
Spain: Juancho Hernangomez
Turkey: Shane Larkin
What is also notable is that Enes Kanter Freedom, a Turk who has spoken out against Turkey, is not on the team. Additionally, although Celtics draft and stash prospect Juhann Begarin is a French-born player, he will not participate.
Several NBA superstars will also participate in the tournament, including Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks.
Although several Celtics, including former, current and future members of the team, are expected to play, a few are currently nursing injuries.
Gallinari among several injured Celtics alumni
According to Basketnews, Gallinari suffered an ankle injury as the team took part in what is called a ‘friendly match’ with France. Therefore, he should miss their “friendly battle” with Serbia. That same report confirmed that Luigi Datome would return after dealing with fatigue.
The former Celtics are also currently dealing with the injury bug. Eurohoops reported that Theis will miss the Hamburg Super Cup due to workload management. Another report from Eurohoops said Theis might be in danger of missing the entire tournament.
They also reported that Schroder did not travel to Sweden with the team as he was receiving treatment for an ankle injury. Apparently, these two aren’t the only German players to suffer some kind of injury as Wagner, Maxi Kleber and Isaac Bonga were also injured.
Although Gallinari might not play a few games in this year’s EuroBasket tournament, he definitely got the fans excited with some of the moves he made in Italy’s friendly against France.
Twitter Hyped Gallinari’s Highlight Reel Play
During Italy’s friendly against France, Gallinari made a play that caught the attention of Celtics fans everywhere. As France beat Italy 64-60, Gallinari was able to pass Rudy Gobert and score and a lay-up and one over Gobert and Guerschon Yabusele to cut the lead to one.
Gallinari has developed a reputation as a deadly scorer in the NBA, so for him to show he can score against one of the best defensemen in the NBA has Celtics fans excited for what’s to come this season.
Others used the clip to express their belief that the Celtics were winners in free agency this season.
While the clip of Gallinari scoring on Gobert gives Celtics fans a glimpse of what’s to come in a positive light, his missing time with a recent ankle injury also gives them a glimpse of what’s to come next. a negative day.
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