Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers should savour NBA London experience says Rip Hamilton

Rip Hamilton (Photo: Keith Allison)

Former NBA Champion Rip Hamilton believes that the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers should enjoy the extra rest associated with NBA London 2018.

Both Boston and Philadelphia arrived in the UK earlier on this week, and whilst their league opponents continue the grind this week, both sides get some added days off.

While both sides will hold their focus on proceedings at the O2 Arena, they’ve also had the chance to get some added downtime – offering the potential for team bonding in the British capital.

“As NBA players in Boston and Philly and getting the opportunity to get four days off, that is lovely for any NBA player because we look at that as the only time we can get those four days off is during the All-Star break.” Hamilton said.

“To get the opportunity to get that in the middle of the season is awesome because it gives the opportunity to get guys a little bit more rest.

The game is undeniably the main event of the trip for the players, coaches and fans, and the former Detroit Piston believes that the players should savour the experience, as it won’t necessarily compare to any city they’ve played in previously.

“It’s a different type of excitement when you head to London because it’s a place where you’ve never played before.” he added

“You’re playing in a different country, usually if you’re playing someone, say we’re playing the Lakers, you know what to expect.

“You know that Jack Nicholson and all the famous people are going to be out front, you know the lighting’s going to be a bit dark, especially in the arena the basketball court’s going to be really bright.

“Coming to London is a whole new experience, it’s just like a kid playing their first NBA game in a new city.”

BouncyOrangeBall would like to thank Dean Cruickshank for gathering these quotes from Rip Hamilton in relation to this feature.

Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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