The Bulls in Paris

Chester Bumaa, Staff Reporter

During the week of January 16th, The Chicago Bulls took a trip to Paris to face off against the Detroit Pistons. The last time the team has been to Paris was 26 years ago; back in 1997 when Michael Jordan was leading the bulls to their second three-peat championship. This was an important event for many people. It was a big event not only because it was a game played in a foreign country, but also because the game was originally scheduled to be back in 2020. The game was scheduled prior to the Covid-19 lockdown. The game also brought out many European NBA fans. The European fanbase has grown significantly throughout the years with popular NBA players like Giannis Antetokumpo, Nikola Jokic, and Luka Doncic representing their European countries in the NBA. This was also a big deal for former player Joakim Noah. Noah was 12 years old when he watched the bulls first play in Paris for the first time in 1997. Watching the game inspired him greatly to join the NBA. He was then able to watch the bulls play again 26 years later. The trip the bulls took to Paris was a very important event not only for Bulls fans, but for NBA fans in the states and in Europe.