2k8 International Tour, Day 7: Athens

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.

Athens (March 1): We arrived in Athens this morning after an early start.  It was a pretty uneventful trip other than our bus driver letting us off at the wrong terminal in Rome.  Exercise is good for the soul anyway.

I thought there was a lot of traffic in Rome, but Athens just brings it to another level.  Motorcyclists are just fearless.  We first stopped at customs near the airport to try and track down our MVP awards which had been held there for a week leading up to the event.  Then we were off to The Fresh Hotel to get checked in.  This is one of the coolest places I have ever stayed.  The rooms are really small and they do not use air-conditioning at this time of the year, but otherwise it has a lot of character.  You actually have to stick your room key into a slot in your wall to activate your electricity.  When you leave, you take your key and everything shuts down.   It's a pretty interesting concept.

I spent the afternoon packing product for the 30 kids at the Athens camp.  They each get an extraordinary bag of Jordan gear.  It almost makes me wish I worked on my jump shot a little more when I was younger.  Afterwards, we held our orientation and welcome dinner.  It was a great way to start off the final city on our trip.

Well, I am off to bed to catch up on some much-needed sleep.  Athens Camp starts at 8 am tomorrow and will last over 12 hours in the gym.  There should be a lot of talent here this weekend.

The Jordan Brand Classic bag tag ... perfect gift