Search

NBA London Game 2018: Philadelphia 76ers small forward Robert Covington enjoying time in capital ahead of clash with Boston Celtics

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 January 2018

Robert Covington of the Philadelphia 76ers (pic: Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)

Robert Covington of the Philadelphia 76ers (pic: Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)

2018 NBAE

76ers host Celtics at The O2 on Thursday night

Philadelphia 76ers small forward Robert Covington says he feels privileged to take part in the NBA London Game 2018.

The 76ers face Boston Celtics at London’s The O2 on Thursday night, with tip off at 8pm.

It will be the first time Philadelphia have participated in the annual regular season game in the capital, and Covington is enjoying his time in the United Kingdom.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Not too many people get to do what we’re doing here in London,” said the 27-year-old.

Terry Rozier of the Boston Celtics (pic: Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty Images)Terry Rozier of the Boston Celtics (pic: Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty Images)

“You have the chance to see a new place, a lot of history, venture out.

“There is so much to do here and I’m kind of sad that we won’t stay too long because there is so much that I would like to do and see, but I’ll try to make the best of my time while I’m here.”

Boston will also be playing competitively in London for the first time this week, though did take part in a pre-season game at The O2 in October 2007.

For many of the Celtics squad, this week has been the first time they have been to the capital of the United Kingdom.

And guard Terry Rozier is among those enjoying every minute of his time in London ahead of the game.

“I’m loving London! It’s got some similarities with some cities in the US,” declared the 23-year-old.

“It’s great — I can’t wait to go out and get some shopping done and see what it’s really like around the city.”

Many players from both teams will be playing in a new venue on Thursday having not played at The O2 previously.

But Philadelphia forward Ben Simmons does not think it will take the squads too long to adapt to their new surroundings.

“I think, when we’ll walk in the arena, it’s going to look a little different, but once the ball is in the air it’s going to be the same thing as everywhere else,” said the 21-year-old.

Simmons, meanwhile, is one 76ers player Celtics centre Aron Baynes knows can be a threat.

“He’s very talented and he’s been doing some great things in his rookie season and he’s just getting better every time he steps out on the floor,” he said.

• Philadelphia 76ers host Boston Celtics at The O2 in London on January 11 as part of NBA London Game 2018.

The game is live on BT Sport or via NBA LEAGUE PASS.

Latest Islington Sports News

Yesterday, 21:10

The Arsenal U23, now led by Freddie Ljungberg, took on Brighton U23 at the Emirates. Read on for Layth Yousif’s on-the-whistle match report.

Yesterday, 20:57

Arsenal U23s led by Freddie Ljungberg took on Brighton U23s at the Emirates on Monday evening. Read on for Layth Yousif’s PLAYER RATINGS

Yesterday, 18:35

A fine bowling display from Northamptonshire’s seamers forced Middlesex to follow-on at Wantage Road on the second day of their Division Two match.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Middlesex’s James Harris grabbed five wickets on day one of his side’s County Championship match at Wantage Road as Northants ended on 332-8.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Middlesex toiled in the afternoon session on day one of their County Championship match against Northants after Ricardo Vasconcelos hit an unbeaten century at Wantage Road.

Middlesex’s talented 19-year-old bowler – and former North Middlesex paceman – Ethan Bamber made his first class debut against Northants on Sunday during day one of their County Championship clash. Read Layth Yousif’s morning session report from Wantage Road on Sunday.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has been speaking after Chelsea beat the Gunners 3-2 in a frenetic London derby. Read on to learn waht he said about Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka in his post-match press conference – and much more.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Arsenal centre-half Sokratis has said his side made it ‘too easy’ for Chelsea during the Gunners 3-2 defeat in the London derby at Chelsea on Saturday. Read on for what he had to say.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Fostering older teenagers means giving them the skills for life as an adult. Here, a supportive lodgings carer with Islington Council and young adult who has left care share their stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Islington Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now