This afternoon, the Celtics leave Boston for a week-long European Training Camp adventure. And if you're even somewhat familiar with the Green, you're familiar with the fact this is the second time in the Kevin Garnett era that the C's will start a season overseas.
But while this year's trip only consists of games with European teams, the Celtics' 2007 voyage was an All-NBA exhibition . . . and makes for a great Box Score Bank.
So, let's set our sights on . . . October 6, 2007.
"Crank That" by Soulja Boy was in its first of five glorious weeks atop the Billboard charts. The Farrelly Brothers "The Heartbreak Kid" was No. 1 at the Box Office. Fab Melo was a high school sophomore getting ready to start his second season of competitive basketball. The Celtics hadn't won an NBA title in 21 years . . .
And over in Rome, the Big 3 era kicked off with a four-point win over the Raptors.
Final Score: Celtics 89, Raptors 85
Here are some highlights to get the nostalgia pumping. (Also: Please stick around for, or click ahead to the Garnett dunk at the one minute mark, and file it away for the next time someone tries to tell you that No. 5 is looking like the "old KG.")
Paul Pierce led the way for Boston with 21 points, Garnett added 19 point and 16 rebounds, and Ray Allen chipped in 10 points. (shooting only 1-6 from three).
Garnett also picked up a technical foul. I assume, for an altercation with either Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon, Carlos Delfino, Jorge Gabajosa, Rasho Nesterovic or any number of the European fans in attendance.