Basketball – NBA: Paris Games 2023 and the Bulls set AccorArena on fire

Posted January 19, 2023 at 11:41 p.m. – Updated January 20, 2023 at 12:03 p.m.

Aurelien Canot

Three years after the return of the NBA to Paris, Chicago, as expected, took a clear advantage (126-108) in the Detroit of Frenchman Killian Hayes in the AccorArena, full of basketball fans. full eyes too. That’s good: the capital should welcome the new Paris NBA Game very soon.

Just like three years ago, Charlotte and Milwaukee moved to the French capital in 2020 for the first regular season game in history, the score did not matter during this “NBA Paris Game 2023”. But since the result is anything but anecdotal (Paris now hosts official matches, not preseason, as it did a few years ago), know that Chicago is the favorite in this matchup between the 10th and last in the East. The conference, as expected, outshot Detroit (126-108). Like the Bulls and Pistons, the best scorer of the night, Zach LaVine (30 points), will now return to the United States and continue the NBA season there. Paris, for her part, went back to bed with stars in her eyes and enjoying an evening of nibbling on the prestigious cake of the world’s biggest basketball league. A rare privilege that France can now boast, especially appreciated by NBA commissioner Adam Silver. On the sidelines of this “NBA Paris Game 2023”, Tony Parker, who came from the Rhône with his family on Thursday evening at the AccorArena, thus expressed his optimism that the great North American barnum will return next year. new regular season designation. Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra went further by setting a date for next January for the third edition of the NBA Paris Games.

The NBA could do it again next year…

“It’s not every day you get to play an NBA game in Paris, which reminds me of coming to see Michael Jordan at the McDonald’s Open (…) The French market has always been very important to the NBA,” Parker recalled. , a four-time NBA champion with San Antonio, ten bein Sports, before returning, before starting, this time with the two expected heroes of the evening, the Montenegrin Nikola Vucevic (Chicago) and his perfect French (“Bonsoir Paris, thank you for coming this far”) and the regional scene (he was born in Florida, but originally from Paris) and Pistons linebacker Killian Hayes, cheered at home. “I’m delighted to be here with my team, I hope everyone has a good evening,” thanked former player Cholet, who was enthused as he passed by TP: “Killian, we’ve got to secure it tonight” Hayes, although in great form at the start of the year, a better performance could do (4 points, 1 rebound, 8 assists – top scorer of the game – 31 minutes). He and his teammates, despite the Bulls’ clear dominance, entertained a crowd that was just as enthralled as their opponents, especially in two alleys of great beauty. Among the many French fans attending the NBA, VIPs were few and far between, but they wouldn’t have missed this American show for anything in the world.

When Magic Johnson meets Wembanyama…

Our F1 champions Esteban Ocon, Pierre Gasly and Monegasque Charles Leclerc were among the celebrities courtside (courtside). Cyril Gane was there as was actor and comedian Thomas Ngijol. “Blues” and “Real Madrid” player Aurelien Tchouameni was also there. But, on the contrary, he is one of those fans who stay up at night and watch the games, not when the playoffs start. Victor Vembanyama, who came as a neighbor, shook hands with Adam Silver, who will officially welcome him among the stars of the next project. The legendary Magic Johnson also announced that he wanted to welcome the new nugget of French basketball. He did it. Because, like former Bulls star Ben Wallace, he had visited Bercy, where he deserved to be applauded and flashed across the room’s big screen. Joakim Noah, who had his best time in the NBA in Chicago, did not escape him either. Singer Pharrell Williams or another footballer, Italy’s Marco Verratti (PSG), are no more about to be forgotten than Killian Hayes at home tonight, on the bill for the first time in his country since arriving in the NBA. “It’s weird to be there in the middle of the season, I usually come here in the summer. My friends and family were there. It is incredible » Especially since it can become a habit for the Parisian public. And that’s pretty incredible too. One thing is certain: Paris already wants more.

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