#10: Shoutout to all the Celtics fans Bleeding Green in ITALY! 🇮🇹
A Celtics star playing in Italy and an Italian star playing for the Celtics
Hey Celtics fans in Italy! celticslife.com has had 533,588 visits from Italy since we originated in September 2009, which has you cracking the top 10 on our list of countries with the most visits. Thanks so much for all the love you've shown for the site these past 10+ years.
The Celtics famously bonded in October 2007 in Italy, just a couple months after the Kevin Garnett trade gave Boston a new Big 3. The Celtics would of course go on to win the championship that season and credit was given to their preseason trip to Italy. The Celtics would visit Italy once again to kick off the 2015-16 season.
In terms of players from Italy that have played for the Celtics, Luigi Datome was acquired by the Pistons as part of the complicated three team deal that brought Isaiah Thomas to Boston. Gigi would play in 18 games for the Celtics to close out the season. He quickly became a fan favorite and showed a lot of love to Boston after the season when he returned overseas to play in the EuroLeague.
I'd imagine the Celtics have had at least a few players play for them with Italian ancestry, but in more recent times fan favorite Brian Scalabrine definitely sticks out. Maybe you all can comment with some others?
Brian Scalabrine playing for Benetton Treviso during the 2011 lockout
Boston Celtics, October 2007
On a personal level, Italy is the only country other than the States that I have ever played basketball in. My mom spent some time living in Rome as a young child and I have been lucky enough to visit your country five times. The time I played basketball there was when I was eighteen or nineteen I believe and the town was either Milano Marittima or Rimini. Can't remember for sure as I was holding on for dear life as I road to the court on the back of a motorcycle for the one and only time in my life. The only place I've seen more chaos on the road between cars, motorcycles, and mopeds has to be the video game Grand Theft Auto. Italy is definitely a favorite of mine, so I was stoked and grateful to see so many readers from there.
Please feel free to leave a comment and tell us a little bit about yourself. How you became a Celtics fan? Where in Italy you're representing? How you found out about celticslife.com and when you first started frequenting the site? Maybe a pic of you in some Celtics gear. You know, all that good stuff.
Shoutout to all the Celtics fans Bleeding Green in Italy!
We hit a milestone when we passed the 100 million views mark last season. But the thing is only 64% of our page views come from United States viewers. We are giving shoutouts to the top 20 countries represented on Celtics Life based on analytics. Check in for the next twenty days to see where your country lands in the top 20. And if you are from that country or connected in anyway, please drop a comment with your story. Would love to see faces and words from all these Celtics Lifers that have visited the blog all these years.