Hornets, Bucks picked for 2020 game in Paris

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The NBA is going to play a regular-season game in Paris for the first time next year, with the league announcing Thursday that the Charlotte Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks are headed there.

The game will be on Jan. 24. Paris has hosted preseason games before, and the league hinted several times in recent months that it was considering bringing a game that counts to the city as well. Having Charlotte involved makes perfect sense, given that the Hornets feature Tony Parker and Nicolas Batum — two veterans of the French national team.

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

Jordan and his Chicago Bulls won the 1997 McDonald’s Championship in Paris.

Tickets for the NBA Paris Game 2020 will go on sale later this year.

“Our NBA Paris Game will showcase the continued global growth of basketball in one of the world’s greatest cities,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. “With France leading a record number of players from

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