“It’s going to be fun, because we’re going to have to stick together as a team,” Sullinger said. “We’re probably going to be the only people who know English, and on top of that, we’re probably going to explore together as a team. So everything is going to be fun and it’s going to develop team chemistry.”
Garnett said this year’s team is already closer than last year’s, and he joked that when the players drove to a team dinner Friday night, they allowed each other to merge and directed each other toward their destination.
“We have continuity,” said Garnett. “Obviously you got to keep it continuous, stay consistent with it. For the most part, we’re hanging out. Turkey will probably amplify that because we don’t know anybody over there.
“Right now we’re all trying to get this new system. We’re all trying to figure each other out.”
Rivers is implementing a new offensive system, so the Celtics are going to spend considerable time working on it, but there will be time for team events, and for teammates to share conversations and bond.
“When you go abroad and the place is foreign to you, you have a tendency to come together,” said Pierce. “When you’re practicing here in Waltham, you practice, you talk in the locker room, then you go home to your family.
“When you’re overseas, you go to practice, then the guys go to lunch together, dinner together. So it gives you a better opportunity to know your teammates.
“That sort of bond really helps a team in the long run. That was instrumental in our championship run the first year and I’m excited about the trip.
“This is going to be a long journey, starting in Turkey and hopefully it ends with an NBA championship.”