Bulls and Pistons will play a regular season game in Paris
The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced that the 2023 NBA Paris Game will feature the six-time NBA champion Chicago Bulls and the three-time NBA champion Detroit Pistons playing one season game regularly at the Accor Arena in Paris on Thursday January 1st. 19. 2023.
Tickets for the NBA Paris Game 2023 will go on sale later. Fans can register their interest in tickets and access presale information and more by visiting NBAEvents.com/ParisGame.
The 2023 NBA Paris Game will mark the Bulls’ third game in Paris, having played two preseason games in the French capital in 1997. Chicago currently has five-time NBA All-Star DeMar DeRozan, two-time NBA All-Star and Slam Dunk. champion Zach LaVine and two-time NBA All-Star Nikola Vučević (Montenegro). The Bulls won six NBA championships in eight years, becoming the third franchise in league history to win three consecutive titles twice (1991-93 and 1996-98).
The Pistons will play their first game in France, having played regular season games in London (2013) and Mexico City (2019). Detroit currently includes 2021 No. 1 draft pick Cade Cunningham, 2020 Olympic gold medalist Jerami Grant, 2020 No. 7 draft pick Killian Hayes (France) and members of the NBA All-Rookie team. 2021 Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Stewart. The Pistons won NBA titles in 1989, 1990 and 2004 and made it to six consecutive Eastern Conference Finals from 2003 to 2008.
The NBA Paris Game 2023 will mark the first NBA game in Europe since 2020 and the league’s 12th game in France since 1991. The NBA Paris Game 2020 – the first regular season NBA game in Paris – took place on January 24, 2020 and featured the Charlotte Hornets and the Milwaukee Bucks.
In addition to the NBA Paris Game 2023, the league and its partners will host interactive fan activities, NBA Cares community outreach initiatives, and a Jr. NBA youth basketball development program that will bring the NBA experience to fans of the French capital.
The game and surrounding events will be supported by a list of marketing partners, including Foot Locker, La Française des Jeux, Gatorade, Nike, SAP, Tissot and Yop, with more partners to be announced in the coming months.
The NBA’s presence in France spans more than 35 years. NBA games and programming have been broadcast in France since the 1984-85 season, and the league played its first game in France in 1991. In addition to 12 preseason and regular season games in France, the league hosted interactive fan events, appearances by current and former players, NBA Cares community outreach initiatives and, in 2007, Basketball Without Borders, the NBA’s global basketball community outreach and development program and from FIBA which saw seven French players drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents, including Hayes.
The 2021-22 NBA season opening night rosters featured 12 French players. During the 2021-22 season, live NBA games and programming are broadcast in France on beIN SPORTS and NBA League Pass, the league’s premium live game subscription service, including 48 weekend games primetime as part of the league’s “NBA Saturdays and NBA Sundays” presented by NBA 2K22 Primetime Initiative. The Jr. NBA “Challenges Benjamin(e)s” program in partnership with the French Basketball Federation (FFBB), now in its 12th year, has reached more than 260,000 boys and girls across the country since the 2009 season -10. In addition to the FFBB, the NBA has also collaborated with the Union Nationale du Sport Scolaire (UNSS), a government body that oversees the organization and development of sports activities in schools, to manage the Jr. NBA FFBB UNSS League. 2022 for boys and girls. in Marseille.
Fans in France can find more information about the NBA at NBA.com/France, the official online destination for the league in France hosted at beINSports.com, as well as on Facebook (NBA France), Twitter (@NBAFrance) and Instagram (NBA Europe). Fans in France can also purchase the latest NBA merchandise from NBAStore.eu.
Artūras Karnišovas, Chicago Bulls Executive Vice President – Basketball Operations:
“It is a great honor to bring Chicago Bulls basketball back to Paris for the NBA Paris Game 2023 – an event that exemplifies the league’s commitment to amplifying basketball’s national and global impact. Having played multiple games in Paris “Over the course of my career, I know how special this will be for our players, our organization and our international fanbase. We look forward to representing Chicago overseas and are grateful for the opportunity to do so.”
Troy Weaver, Detroit Pistons general manager:
“The Detroit Pistons organization is thrilled to take on the Chicago Bulls and play our first-ever game in France. Playing a regular season game in Paris will be a great experience for our players and coaches and we look forward to showcasing Detroit. Basketball to an international audience.
Ralph Rivera, General Manager of NBA Europe and Middle East:
“The Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons are two of the NBA’s most historic franchises and feature an exciting mix of young up-and-coming players and established All-Stars. Welcoming the Bulls and Pistons to Paris for our second game of the season regular will be a highlight for fans in France and across Europe, and with Paris hosting the Summer Olympics in 2024, basketball and the NBA are well positioned to continue their growth in France for years to come. coming.”
Deputy Mayor in charge of Sports of the City of Paris Pierre Rabadan:
“The City of Paris is extremely proud to welcome these two emblematic teams, the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons. This is an exciting game that recalls the historic showdown between these Eastern Conference franchises. Basketball fans in France were looking forward to seeing a match of this magnitude again, and I would like to thank our NBA partners for once again choosing Paris for this regular season match. Paris vibrates all year round with the sport of basketball and this major event will help to further develop this dynamic sport, so I have no doubt that Parisians will be enthusiastic about this news.
Nicolas Dupeux, CEO of Accor Arena:
“The Accor Arena proudly hosted the first-ever regular season NBA game in France in 2020, which captivated fans and showcased our world-class facility to global audiences. It is therefore an honor to once again host a regular season game in 2023, which will provide fans with a great show of sportsmanship and entertainment as boldness and excellence continue to guide our programming.