NBA: Bulls prevail over Pistons at the Accor Arena in Paris | Video
Chicago Bulls beat Detroit Pistons 126-108regular season match 2022-2023 of the nba, held this Thursday before more than 20 thousand attendees at the Accor Arena in Paris, first held in the Old Continent in a span of three years, due to the pandemic of Covid-19.
Led by Zach LaVine (30 points), DeMar DeRozan (24 points and 8 rebounds) and Nikola Vucevic (18 points and 14 rebounds), the Bulls got their 21 wins by 24 losses and they remain in the lower-middle zone of the table of the Eastern Conference (tenth place).
While, Detroit Pistons, who had a notable Bojan Bogdanovich (25 points and 5 rebounds), drop to last place (12 wins and 36 losses).
Gone are the golden times of both franchises. The "Bad Boys" of the Pistons, led by Isiah Thomas, and the Bulls of Michael Jordan a good number of champion rings between the late 80's and early 90's.
Chicago, lead by Michael Jordan, won in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998; While, Detroit it did so in 1989, 1990 and 2004.
Despite the fact that both teams are far from their level today, as the Pistons coach himself acknowledged, Dwane Casey, the expectation in the media and European fans around this match has been enormous.
The Accor Arena in Bercy, located on the shores of Sign, he adorned himself with ano entries” for months -for which the spectators they paid between 80 and 1,870 euros– and brought several surprises that livened up the timeouts and intervals.
Under the watchful eye of the French phenomenon Victor Wembanyama, which they give as the next number 1 of the nba Draft, legends such as Richard Hamilton and Ben Wallacemembers of the champion Pistons in 2004, and, above all, the mythical Magic Johnson, applauded by the 20 thousand attendees.
Players who marked French basketball as Tony Parker, Joakim Noah and Mickael Pietrus.
commercially, this meeting has been a gold mine for the NBA. After his first successful experience in Paris, with a Charlotte Hornets-Milwaukee Bucks of the regular League on January 20, 2020 (shortly before the outbreak of the pandemic), in this edition the television attraction was consolidated.
There were 16 authorized broadcasting channels that broadcast the meeting in 35 countries and more than 500 accredited journalists. They were joined 17 sponsoring brands for this matchup alone, a record for a match in Europe.
Adam Silver, commissioner of the NBA, took stock this Thursday, shortly before the start of the game, and said that "very likely" will repeat the experience in Paris in 2024, year plus Olympic Games in the Gallic capital.
capitals like Madrid and Berlin, that they were firm European candidates to host the NBA, they will surely have to wait.
SilverIn fact, he met yesterday with the French president himself, Emmanuel Macron, interview that ended with a agreement between the French Government, the French Basketball Federation and the NBA to promote this sport in Gallic lands and in Africa.
In addition to in Pariscertain regular or pre-season American League matches are already being held in Mexico, Abu Dhabi or Japan, as a way to expand the market in different corners of the planet.
Silver remembered that now it is easier to export the NBA because the players and coaches are "happier" to travelsomething that was not the case 25 years ago.
Precisely, the US executive recalled that in 1997 Michael Jordan's Bulls They played the FIBA-NBA international tournament at the same Accor Arena today.
(With information from EFE)
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