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.
Travel Day (February 21-22): So, yes that was a long trip yesterday, er, today. I can confirm it. It is a totally different thing to travel Internationally -- you always know that it will be an experience. The highlight of the travel had to be seeing the Harlem Globetrotters at Washington-Dulles Airport. It was pretty cool though to see fans lining up to take photos and get autographs while the players sat at the gate -- probably similar to when NBA or college teams used to travel commercially. Funny thing was that I then saw the team in the Frankfurt Airport later that day too.
I landed in Frankfurt around 7:30 am to meet up with the rest of the Jordan Brand team before departing later in the morning for our first regional site - Vilnius, Lithuania. Our group came from all over the US as well - Virginia, Illinois, Oregon, etc. We even had a few Nike Sports Marketing folks from the European office.
The plane touched down in Vilnius just before 2 pm and our time was tight to get prepared for a 5:00 pm press conference at the Nike Store in Acropolis Mall. The media turnout was fantastic and the panel, let by MJ's former trainer, Tim Grover, provided insight on the next two days of training here in Vilnius.
After a quick trip over to the Sarunas Academy, we all decided that it was best to catch up on some sleep after two days of traveling -- and an 8 am start on Saturday.
More to come tomorrow!!!!