ICYMI: Detroit Pistons To Play Chicago Bulls In France Next Season
The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced on Tuesday that the Detroit Pistons will play one of their regular season games in the 2022-23 season in Paris, France against he Chicago Bulls.
The game will take place next January 19th at the Accor Arena in Paris. This is the first international game since 2020. The league has played preseason and regular season games in Mexico City, London, as well as Paris, in previous years.
The game will be a bit of a homecoming for Pistons guard Killian Hayes. He's from France, and hasn't played in his home country since joining the Pistons two years ago. Barring injuries, he'll join Cade Cunningham (pictured above) in uniform for the contest.
Pistons GM Troy Weaver is looking forward to his team playing in Europe next season:
“The Detroit Pistons organization is excited to take on the Chicago Bulls and play our first-ever game in France. Playing a regular-season game in Paris will be a great experience for our players and coaches and we look forward to showcasing Detroit Basketball to an international audience. The league and its partners will run interactive fan activities, NBA Cares community outreach initiatives and Jr. NBA youth basketball development programming in conjunction with the game.”
The Pistons finished 23-59 this season and will have the fifth overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft on June 23rd (They'll also have the 46th overall pick in the second round). They lost to the Chicago Bulls all four times they played them this season.