The Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls are in Paris for the NBA’s second-ever regular-season game in France.
Perhaps no one was more excited than Pistons guard Killian Hayes, who grew up in France and played professional basketball for Cholet Basket.
“I think it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Hayes said, per NBA.com. “There are 30 [NBA] teams, and we’re fortunate enough that they picked the Pistons to go [to France]. I’m very happy to go back home and enjoy an NBA game with my friends and family in attendance.”
While Bulls-Pistons doesn’t have the same vitriol as it did in the late ’80s and early ’90s, there is still plenty to see in the City of Lights — and French basketball phenom Victor Wembanyama is expected to be in attendance.
Here are some of the sights and sounds from the NBA’s return to Paris:
Some Bulls nostalgia
Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and the Bulls were in Paris during their 1997-98 NBA title run and the team recreated its photo in front of the Eiffel Tower.
The excuse notes
A Parisian proposal
Bulls small forward Derrick Jones Jr. proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Sherry, on the trip.
Engaged in Paris ❤️💍🇫🇷 https://t.co/cRboBaP2oy pic.twitter.com/9Yy9g5eN2G
DET meets PSG
Pistons shooting guard Hamidou Diallo visited the Paris Saint-Germain Youth Academy.
🏀🤝⚽️@hamidoudiallo visits the @PSG_English Academy training grounds. pic.twitter.com/GovgFK8jek
Buckets in Paris
Bulls and Pistons players posed for photos at the Eiffel Tower upon arrival.
The photos 🤩 https://t.co/QSxxAgh3cQ pic.twitter.com/wSnk6Qixv5
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