#12: Shoutout to all the Celtics fans Bleeding Green in SPAIN! 🇪🇸
Hey Celtics fans in Spain! celticslife.com has had 401,482 visits from Spain since we originated in September 2009, which puts you at #12 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.
Well you learn something new every day... While researching if the Celtics have ever had a player who was born and raised in Spain, initially surprisingly it looked like it would be a no. I mean I remember hoping the C's would draft Sergio "Spanish Chocolate" Rodriguez in 2006 as well as Rudy Fernandez the following year, but neither happened. If my memory serves me correctly the Suns owned the draft picks both years and traded each just for cash (The Celtics also traded for a 2006 Suns pick, but gave up a future first and not just cash. That pick became Rajon Rondo, who turned out to be pretty good right?). Anyway I digress. The Celtics have had a player who was born and raised in España after all. This guy:
tb727 covered this in Wally Szczerbiak's WTHHT, which I sadly had forgotten. Wally's dad Walter was a star for Real Madrid in what is now the EuroLeague, so the future Celtics sharpshooter was born and lived as a child in Spain. Not sure the exact age he was when the the Szczerbiak's moved back to Long Island, New York. Maybe someone can fill me in on that?
Szczerbiak had some very solid years in Minnesota playing alongside KG, before he came to Boston. In Boston I felt like fans held his lucrative contract over him, which might have been unfair since the C's dumped Mark Blount's awful contract in that trade. Szczerbiak averaged 16.3 points for game for the Celtics over just 64 games before his contract was used on draft night 2007 to facilitate the trade for Ray Allen.
Spain has produced quite a lot of NBA players with the Gasol brothers having the most success. Speaking of success, Danny Ainge hasn't had much drafting international talents and to be honest he hasn't really tried. It's been a weakness for the Celtics since Ainge took over. Definitely expect the Celtics to have more players from Spain sometime in the future, since the country produces a lot of talent. Spain has won two silver and one bronze medals respectively in the past three Olympics, so they've basically been Team USA's toughest challenger.
While Celtics center Vincent Poirier is obviously French, prior
to joining the Celtics this season he was most recently
playing for Baskonia in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Curious to hear which NBA teams are most popular in Spain. Obviously, by the over 400,000 visits to our site, there are a lot of Celtics diehards over there. Please feel free to leave a comment and tell us a little bit about yourself. How you became a Celtics fan?
Where in Spain 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.