Bulls, Pistons will play NBA game in Paris in 2023
The Chicago Bulls will return to Europe for the 2022-23 season. They will play regular games against the Detroit Pistons in Paris, the Chicago Bulls announced on Tuesday.
The game will be one of the Bulls’ 41 away games next season, to be held on January 19, 2023. It will be the team’s third game in Paris and the first in 25 years. Ticket sales will begin soon.
“The Chicago Bulls are honored to bring basketball back to Paris for the 2023 NBA Olympics. It is an event that illustrates the league’s commitment to increasing the national. It also portrays global presence of basketball,” Bulls Vice President Artūras Karnišovas said in a statement.
“Having played a few games in Paris over the course of my career, I know how special it is for our players, our organization and our international fan base. We look forward to representing Chicago overseas and appreciating the opportunity in this way.”
The last time the Bulls played in Europe, they won the 1997 McDonald’s Championship, also in Paris. On October 18, 1997, with a 27-point advantage over Michael Jordan, they defeated then-European champions Olympiacos 104-78.
Most recently, the Bulls have traveled to London and Rio de Janeiro for the 2009 and 2013 warm-up games, and to Mexico City for the 2018 regular season.
The game is in line with the NBA’s return to international markets, with COVID-19 restrictions faltering. It was Europe’s first league game since 2020 and the 12th in France since 1991.
In his annual All-Star Weekend speech, Commissioner Adam Silver listed international travel as a best practice in hopes of re-igniting the league as soon as the world returns to normal.
“We are a world league and the ability to take teams to other continents. For the rest of the world is part of our belief that we are growing the sport,” Silver said.
Because I think if he shows up in these cities and we create a lot of excitement around these groups, we can make more of an impact.”
While Silver said at the time of the NBA there were no plans to schedule a regular season in Europe in 2022-23, the league was no doubt excited about it. Especially considering it’s one of the Bulls’ most popular teams.