#8: Shoutout to Celtics fans Bleeding Green in the UNITED KINGDOM! 🇬🇧
Hey Celtics fans in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland! celticslife.com has had 1,432,357 visits from the United Kingdom since we originated in September 2009, which has you at #8 on our most visited list. Thanks so much for all the love you've shown the site these past 10+ years.
Things get testy between two old rivals in London.
The NBA has seen some solid players from the United Kingdom in the 2000's. The Bulls famously drafted both Ben Gordon and Luol Deng in 2004. The Raptors' OG Anunoby has had a breakout season this year.
The Celtics have had only one player from the UK. Former #1 overall draft pick Michael Olowokandi was acquired from the Wolves as part of the Wally Szczerbiak for Ricky Davis and Mark Blount trade. The Kandi Man only played 40 games for the Celtics before calling it an NBA career. He did do some solid charity work in Boston that one Thanksgiving.
Michael Olowokandi volunteers at Boston Children's Hospital and Pine Street Inn
Olowokandi who was born in Lagos, Nigeria, moved to London when he was four years old. He'd grow up there before attending Pacific University at the age of twenty. Things likely would have been better off for Olowokandi if he din't have the expectations of being the first overall pick in the 1998 draft. He would go on to put up some pretty solid seasons for the Clippers before joining Kevin Garnett's Wolves in 2003. At that point, his career took a turn for the worse in part at least due to injuries.
If Olowokandi hadn't been the #1 overall pick, people would likely view his NBA story much more fondly.
If you're a Celtic fan in Scotland there might be some confusion as there is also a soccer (aka football outside of America) team that goes by the same name. Wonder if we have any readers that have ever responded to a friend over there with "No I meant the Boston Celtics!"
Former Wolves center Olowokandi defends future Celtics forward
KG, while former Celtics center Blount sticks out his tongue.
I'm sure there are more Celtics connections to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Please feel free to share them in the comments section!
Also, leave a comment and tell us a little bit about yourself if you wish. How you became a Celtics fan? Where in the UK 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 the United Kingdom!
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.