Sunday, August 12, 2007
Two AND 1 Clubs to Compete in NBA Europe Live 2007
AND 1 will be well represented in Europe when the NBA arrives for its pre-season tour. AND 1-sponsored clubs Efes Pilsen Istanbul and Estudiantes Madrid will be taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies on October 6th and 11th, respectively. Here is the complete schedule, which includes some other very interesting games, including the Celtics and Timberwolves facing off in London; the Spanish-led Memphis Grizzlies playing a series of games against Spanish clubs; and Maurizio Gherardini's Toronto Raptors returning to Italy where they will play the Celtics and Lottomatica Roma, which is now being run by GM Dejan Bodiroga.
Even though the AND 1 Mix Tape Tour is going to be touching down for 4 games in Budapest, Serbia, Novi Sad and Sofia from October 3-10, I'm going to try not to miss Efes and Estu try to be the latest European clubs to knock off an NBA team in the preseason. Last year, CSKA dropped the Clippers and Barcelona knocked off the Sixers in pre-season action. Two years ago, Toronto needed the refs to bail them out in the closing seconds of an 86-83 win over an Andrea Bargnani-led Benetton Treviso team.