Tell us about your experience playing for Team Italy. Andrea Bargnani: Playing with the national team is always a big honor for me because I get to represent my country. I am part of a generation of very talented players here in Italy, so playing with them is extremely good for my game because I keep getting better.
What does it mean to you to represent your home country? Andrea Bargnani: The European Championships are always extremely challenging because of the quality of the other teams. So far we didn’t accomplish any big results so everybody in the team is really motivated in trying to do something big this year. At the same time we are all very humble because we know we still haven’t proved anything yet.
Boston has agreed to nonguaranteed deals with guards Coty Clarke (Arkansas), Corey Walden (Eastern Kentucky), and Levi Randolph (Alabama), and forward Malcolm Miller (Holy Cross). All four players will take part in training camp, bringing the preseason roster to its maximum of 20 players. The Celtics will hold practices in Waltham during the last week of September before leaving for Europe Oct. 2. They will face Olimpia Milano in Milan Oct. 6 and Real Madrid in Madrid Oct. 8. “I think it can help [team chemistry],” Ainge said of the trip.
Andrea Bargnani’s ankle injury is not serious, according to sources. The Italian big man left the game against Georgia early in first half and did not return. Bargnani will regularly play at Eurobasket with Italian National Team.