Bucks, Hornets to play NBA's first-ever regular-season game in Paris

The Bucks and Hornets have been selected by the NBA to play in the league’s first regular-season game in Paris next season.

The matchup will take place Jan. 24, 2020, with tickets going on sale later this year, the NBA announced Thursday. The Paris game will give Charlotte’s Tony Parker and Nicolas Batum a chance to return to their native country as both players are veterans of the French national team.

“Having played in the preseason in France during my career, I witnessed first-hand the passion the French fans have for NBA basketball,” Hornets owner Michael Jordan said in statement. “We are excited to bring our team to Paris for this history-making event.”

The Hornets last played a preseason game in Paris in 1994, while the Bucks will be traveling to France for the first time. It will be the Bucks’ second-ever regular-season game in Europe. 

“On behalf of my teammates, we’re very excited for the chance to represent Milwaukee and the Bucks on the world stage,” Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo said. “The opportunity to play in the first-ever regular-season game in Paris is truly an honor, and as an international player, I’m grateful to the NBA for continuing to grow the game of basketball across the globe.”

The game marks the NBA’s 10th at the AccorHotels Arena since 1991 and the 11th in France all time, including exhibitions.

“The return of an NBA game in Paris, after a 10-year absence, is a real victory for our city,” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said.