The Pistons against the Bulls, an NBA classic that graces Paris
Dwane Casey, coach of the Detroit Pistons, gives instructions to his players in Paris, France.
After the successful experience of 2020, Paris will once again host an NBA regular season game on Thursday, this time the Detroit Pistons (three-time champion) against the Chicago Bulls (six), a clásico of the NBA. It is a physicist that has unleashed enormous interest in France.
Although they are two franchises that are far from their splendor of the late 80s and 90s of the last century, when a good part of the After the championship rings, the expectation for this match is enormous, as was the Charlotte Hornets-Milwaukee Bucks game in January 2020, also played in the French capital.
Proof of this is that the tickets for the nearly 20,000 seats at the Accor Arena in Paris have sold out, for which between 80 and 1,875 euros have been paid; or the opening in the vicinity of the NBA House, a temporary facility that allows numerous interactive activities for fans of the best basketball league in the world.
Among televisions, this game has caused a furore. There are 16 authorized broadcasters that will broadcast the match in 35 countries, a round deal for the NBA's finances, recovered from the covid blow, and which have a juicy source of business in the international market.
In addition to France -where the NBA brand is a resounding commercial success-, the US League has recently staged official matches away from home in Mexico (on December 17 with Miami Heat-San Antonio Spurs) and in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) in October, for an Atlanta Hawks-Milwaukee Bucks.
24 hours before the meeting on Thursday between the Pistons and Bulls (at 8:00 p.m. GMTl), both teams trained this Wednesday at the Marcel Cerdan pavilion, in the city of Levallois (adjacent to Paris).
The two are looking to relaunch in 2023 and get out of the bottom of the Eastern Conference table (the Bulls are tenth and the Pistons are fourteenth).
Gone is the legendary time when they competed for the coveted ring, which the Chicago franchise, led by Michael Jordan, won in 2016. in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, and 1998, while those in Detroit did so in 1989, 1990, and 2004.
"I don't know why. if either of the two teams has that level, but we work to return. Even though my guys are too young to remember that time, it's a shame,” Pistons manager Dwane Casey, 65, told reporters.
Since The same track where the Paris Metropolitans 92 team plays, in which the French phenomenon Victor Wembanyama plays (who is given as the next number 1 in the NBA Draft), the Pistons and Bulls players appeared relaxed before the media before their respective workouts.
One of the most in-demand was Chicago franchise guard DeMar DeRozan, who arrives just for tomorrow's game. ;ana after recovering from some physical problems.