By the time Shavlik Randolph joined his first Celtics shootaround last Friday, the flashbacks had started to get a little too real.

The center was four days removed from his flight home from China, and here, going through the same walkthrough, were two other refugees from the Chinese Basketball Association — Terrence Williams and D.J. White.

What’s comforting for all three is that the longest bus ride will now roll from the airport to the team hotel, and the team hotel to the arena. It’s a major shift from what Williams, for example, knew as CBA travel.

He played for the Guangdong Tigers — one of the southernmost teams in the league. There is really no geographical comparison here, unless David Stern suddenly decided to place an NBA team in Mexico City, minus the major transportation hub.