nostalgia, American show, French… five (good) reasons to watch Chicago-Detroit in Paris

DECORATION – After 2020 and certainly before 2024, the NBA comes to Accor Arena for regular season play this Thursday (at 9 p.m.). Event.

NBA great Barnum settles in Paris. The North American League offers regular season action this Thursday at Accor Arena (9 p.m., bein Sports, Channel+ and NBA League Pass), not to mention the various animations. An event. Certainly, Chicago and Detroit are not big names. 10th in the Eastern standings, Bullsin alternating current», as noted by consultant Jacques Monkler beIN. “Generally, they’ve beaten the bigs, or the supposed bigs, like the Warriors until recently. Usually this is a team of shooters. There, they gave the ball to Nikola Vucevic, who was in the 43rd“, he continues, ensuring that the Illinois club is not disappointed with its season. “I expected that. There are good players, but it is an unstable team that is not in place“, he adds.

With Detroit, which is 14th in the same Conference, it’s time to rebuild, let’s not say… tank. “It’s a young team growing up in painFormer Pistons legend Ben Wallace notes. If we keep this group, I think we can have a special team.But the important thing is elsewhere. Therefore.

NBA event in Paris

Let’s not hide our joy: the NBA is such a powerful brand, such a factory of dreams that its presence in the capital is an event. Evidence of popular interest, tickets sold out in less than 30 minutes! “This is a great moment for the NBA in France. We have a record number of marketing partners (17) and a record number of publishers (16)“, notes NBA Europe general manager Ralph Rivera, when Adam Silver is on the brink of a big boss”judge the event as a success even before the match takes place“, without hesitation to approve the outfit”likelyA match in 2024. Earthquake sensitive. For example ? according to a study by, we see a 55% increase in hotel searches on the banks of the Seine on January 19 compared to the same day the following week. Americans and Koreans lead the countries that book the most hotels.

Either way, USA Basketball is a guarantor of a show that goes beyond the game. Moreover, the NBA sees this match as its own game.European All Star Gameand Tony Parker came with his entire family, from former Bull Joakim Noah to Magic Johnson, including Dwayne Wade and Ben Wallace. Victor Wembanyama is not part of it yet, but he will be soon. He’ll also be at Bercy this Thursday, where all the big leaguers and Adam Silver are waiting. Meanwhile, the NBA is coming to him and other French fans.

An important game

This is not a simple castle match. This is indeed part of the regular season that will take place on Bercy’s boards. An important matchup, especially for the Bulls, who are looking for a spot in the playoffs. One of only two contests outside the United States and Canada this season, along with Mexico City. A sacred privilege for those lucky enough to be able to strike in traffic to grace the stands of the Accor Arena and the spectators from France and elsewhere. First, after London, Paris inherited the gift from 2020, only to be deprived of it in 2021 and 2022 due to the Covid pandemic. “The fact that France is a big market in terms of marketing and television is nothing new. There is respect, we have about ten players there, there is tradition, we have had exceptional ambassadors“The monks explain.

DeMar DeRozan was in high demand by reporters at Marcel-Jerdan on Wednesday. JB Autissier / PANORAMIC

Hayes, regional stage

In 2020, it was Nicolas Batum who played in front of the French public when he wore the colors of Charlotte. This is his last game with the Hornets. This time, Killian Hayes will officiate as an ambassador. Killian Hayes is finally meeting his promise and has been in great form since the start of the season, with a recent personal best of 26 points. He is averaging 10 points and nearly 6 assists in the 2022-23 season. Former Cholet will be in the house. “If I can play in Paris when I’m in good form, that’s a plus“The 21-year-old leader is slipping.

Competition, memories

Admittedly, Michael Jordan, Isiah Thomas, Scottie Pippen and company hung up the phone long ago. But this poster between the northern neighbors of the United States still has a special flavor. “When the Bulls come to Detroit, you feel a different energy in the fans because there is so much history between the two teams.», Hayes analyzes, adding that Isiah Thomas, a two-time champion, is never far from the Pistons and Little Caesars Arena. “This poster refers to many things, especially Michael Jordan, the Bad Boys, or their rivalry in the East and their division. These are the teams that have not changed their shirts much, and have remained in a certain tradition. There is real competition. It is also nine titles between the two clubs” Monks remember.

It should be noted that “Bulls” came to Paris for the last time in 1997 with “MJ”. It was during this time that Adam Silver, who had other duties, helped convince Phil Jackson, nicknamed “Black Jesus,” and the franchise’s front office to allow a camera crew to follow. – times NBA champions. Pictures used in the making of the series “The Last DanceOn Netflix.

Killian Hayes hasn’t played at Bercy since…U17 with Cholet Basket. JB Autissier / PANORAMIC

Stars on earth

This time around, Milwaukee doesn’t have a world-class superstar like Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2020. POPB will not have a chance to see Cade Cunningham, the No. 1 pick in the 2021 draft, during the season with Detroit. On the Bulls side, outside of Lonzo Ball, DeMar DeRozan has had an uncertain time among the stars sidelined for the year. The great Zach LaVine too. two players”stepping on each other’s toes», says Jacques Monclar, but Evan Fournier’s great friend, who has everything to please the crowd, is one of three francophones in the match with Montenegrin Nikola Vucevic, Hayes and Guinean American Hamidu Diallo, the winner. dunks contest in 2019. In the Pistons, we can mention the fit man Bojan Bogdanovic, who was unable to finish the season at the behest of Dwane Casey.

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