From February 21st through March 3rd, a group from Jordan Brand will travel to Europe to select 12 players for the inaugural International Game as part of the Jordan Brand Classic on Saturday, April 19th at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The following is a blog and daily photo gallery from Kevin Foley, who will be along for the trip.
Rome (February 25): Today was a travel day for our staff to Rome for the second stop on our European trip. At 4:45 am, the two mini-buses departed our hotel for the Vilnius Airport. One bus was filled with luggage and equipment from our Jordan film crew and the other with staff. Dazed and confused, we all made it onto the 6:45 am flight to Copenhagen, Denmark for our layover. The Copehagen Airport was extremely nice with a lot of shops, restaurants and ... well, travelers. It seemed like everyone was passing through there to get to somewhere in the world. The flight board was a 'what's-what' of the world. We finally arrived in Rome just before 1 pm and boarded a bus for the hotel.
Along the way, we were able to see some of the incredible scenery around the city. We are all looking forward to visiting some of the historic sites on our day off on Thursday. After arriving at our hotel for a few hours of rest, we headed out to meet the players for a brief welcome orientation and dinner. It looks like there will be a ton of talent again in this region -- especially considering there are a number of near seven-footers. Not bad for 15-16 year olds.