Perhaps no one was more excited than Pistons guard Killian Hayes, who grew up in France and played professional basketball for Cholet Basket.
"I think it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Hayes said, per NBA.com. "There are 30 [NBA] teams, and we're fortunate enough that they picked the Pistons to go [to France]. I'm very happy to go back home and enjoy an NBA game with my friends and family in attendance."
While Bulls-Pistons doesn't have the same vitriol as it did in the late '80s and early '90s, there was still plenty to see in the City of Lights -- including French basketball phenom Victor Wembanyama being in attendance.
Here are some of the sights and sounds from the NBA's return to Paris:
Wemby in the house
Naomi Campbell & IB Kamara in the Off-White™ c/o Chicago Bulls varsity in Paris 👀 pic.twitter.com/8F4kjbNbEO— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) January 19, 2023
Some Bulls nostalgia
Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and the Bulls were in Paris during their 1997-98 NBA title run and the team re-created that photo in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Bulls in Paris. 26 years apart 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/BouctHjpyp— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) January 19, 2023
The excuse notes
dropping this here just in case you need it pic.twitter.com/ehTkrEs3Qw— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) January 19, 2023
A Parisian proposal
Bulls small forward Derrick Jones Jr. proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Sherry, on the trip.
DET meets PSG
Pistons shooting guard Hamidou Diallo visited the Paris Saint-Germain Youth Academy.
Buckets in Paris
Bulls and Pistons players posed for photos at the Eiffel Tower upon arrival.
Bucket getters at the Eiffel Tower. pic.twitter.com/oiGlp25s1P— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) January 18, 2023