Fresh off a big win against Maccabi Tel Aviv at the Madison Square Garden in New York, EA7 Emporio Arman Milan returns home to host the Boston Celtics at Mediolanum Forum on Tuesday as part of NBA Global Games 2015 presented by BBVA. Milan and Maccabi split wins in the much-anticipated North American leg of the 2015 Euroleague Basketball World Tour in Chicago and New York. Milan beat Maccabi 72-76 at the Garden behind 15 points each from Robbie Hummel and Kruno Simon. Boston is back to Milan for the first time since 2012, when it downed Milan 75-105.
Boston is making its third trip to Europe. Back in 2012, before it defeated Milan, Boston lost to Fenerbahce 97-91 in Istanbul. Boston also played in Madrid back in 1988, at the McDonald's Open, in a tournament that featured legendary shooters from both sides of the Atlantic. The Celtics defeated the Yugoslavian national team 113–85 and went on to down Real Madrid 111-96. Larry Bird led the way against Madrid with 29 points, earning tournament MVP honors. Drazen Petrovic led Madrid with 22 points. This week, Boston will continue its European trip with a rematch against Madrid, the reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion.
Milan has been playing against NBA teams for three decades. Its first showdown came in 1984 against New Jersey Nets in Milan, losing 127-80. Two days later, Phoenix Suns defeated Milan 118-93 at Palazzo dello Sport di Piazza Azzarita in Bologna. Milan took part in the first-ever McDonald's Open tournament back in 1987. Milan - back then the reigning Euroleague champion - lost 123-111 against the host Milwaukee Bucks, becoming the first European team to play an official game on U.S. soil. Milan also faced an NBA team in 2010, New York Knicks, who took a 113-125 victory at Mediolanum Forum.
Two teams with great tradition are set to face each other again in Milan. Founded in 1936, Milan is a three-time Euroleague champion in 1966, 1987 and 1988, as well as lifting the Italian League trophy as many as 26 times. Boston was founded a bit later, back in 1946, and has claimed 17 NBA championships, the most for any franchise. One of its assistant coaches, Jay Larranaga, played for Milan in the 2000-01 season. A lot has changed since both teams' last matchup on October 7, 2012. Only three players - Jared Sullinger and Avery Bradley of Boston and Alessandro Gentile of Milan - were available in that game and remain with their respective teams. Expect nothing but a great show at Mediolanum Forum!