The game is likely to soon be on Jan. 24. Paris has hosted preseason matches and the league hinted several times recently that it was considering bringing a game that counts into the city also. Having Charlotte involved makes perfect sense, since the Hornets feature Tony Parker and Nicolas Batum — two specialists of the French government group.
“Having played at the preseason at France during my career, I witnessed firsthand the fire the French fans have for NBA basketball,” Hornets chairman Michael Jordan said. “We’re eager to bring we to Paris with this particular history-making event.”
Tickets for that NBA Paris Game 20 20 will go on sale later this year.
“Our NBA Paris Game will show the continuing international growth of basketball at one of the planet’s best cities,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. “With France directing a list amount of players out of Europe in the group, we anticipate bringing basketball fans from throughout the continent for the NBA’s initial regular season game in Paris.”
The Hornets played with a preseason game in Paris in 1994. The Bucks will soon be going to France for the very first time.
“Playing in one of the wonderful cities in Europe continues our goal to extend the global brand of the Bucks,” Milwaukee co-owner Wes Edens explained. “We will be pleased to represent Milwaukee and Wisconsin at Paris, and also we invite the NBA with this exciting opportunity.”
The game will mark the NBA’s 11th at France all time, highlighting displays.
“The yield of a NBA game in Paris, following a 10-year lack, is a true victory for our city,” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo explained.