Last October in Rome, Alessandro Del Piero of Juventus and the Italian National Team visited one of his heroes: Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics. He flew down from Torino after his own daily training session to meet the Celtics in person.
Del Piero is a huge NBA fan, and is also friends with basketball star, Steve Nash. The other day, I read an article in La Gazzetta dello Sport. Del Piero and Massimo Ambrosini take about 500 shots a day as part of their Euro 2008 training regimen. On the court; not the pitch.
No doubt Alex was watching in the wee hours of the morning from the Azzurri training base in Austria to see the Celtics capture their 17th NBA crown over the Los Angeles Lakers.
"I love his game, he plays with the physical, with the hands, but especially with the heart."
Alex Del Piero on Kevin Garnett.