NBA could play game in Paris instead of London in 2020
The NBA is looking to play a regular season game in Paris next year, league commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday.
Prior to the game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards in The O2 Arena in London, Silver confirmed in a press conference that a return to France for the first time in ten years is now one of the things the league is looking at.
“I’m told I’m not allowed to break news today, but yes, it is possible.
“It’s something we’re looking at very closely, playing a game in Paris next season.
The last time the an NBA game was held in Paris was in 2010, when the New York Knicks played against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Since then, the league has played at least one game in London.
“France has historically been a terrific market for the NBA. We’ve played many exhibition games in Paris over the years, I remember being there with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
“We took a number of years off because your arena got renovated. We’re looking forward to returning.”
However, Silver did not confirm nor commit to the idea of having games in both Paris and London.
“That is not clear yet. It’s a very labor-intensive undertaking to bring regular-season games to Europe.
“Right now, we’re thinking the format will be to have one game next year.”
While nothing seems to be set in stone, expect more details to be released in the coming months, especially once the league officials return to the United States after the London game