ROME, Italy - Thursday was a day of flying and getting settled in Rome, but the hospitality continues from our hosts in Rome and the folks from NBA Europe.
After the plane landed, we prepared our traveling party for the 45-minute ride to our hotel. But we didn’t count on the incredible police escort that would be waiting for us. They were stopping traffic at intersections, banging on car windows to tell people to move aside and even physically moved people riding on mopeds.
One female motorcycle officer led us down the center stripe of a two-lane road and all the players marveled at the way she handled the bike. In 15 minutes, we were at the hotel and the players offered a round of applause.
Fall in Rome is beautiful. The red and purple geraniums are everywhere.
We are also in Rome at an interesting time. A labor strike affecting bus, taxi and transit service is planned for today, designed to paralyze the city and make any kind of movement difficult. The tours we had planned on buses are now walking tours, although we still hope to see the Forum, the Colosseum, the Spanish steps and the City Hall before our game tonight.
We’ll deal with it. There are no problems, only situations.
The guys were raving about the incredible restaurants last night in Venice, feasting on full-bodied, fried shrimp and other delicacies.
They are getting used to the Italian concept of the three-hour meal and enjoying it.
They can eat all they want, because they know Mike will run it off them in the morning!