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Bucks, Hornets tabbed for 2020 game in Paris

The NBA announced Thursday that the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets will play the first-ever regular-season game in Paris during the 2020 season.

The Bucks and Hornets will square off in the City of Light on Jan. 24 at AccorHotels Arena.

France has hosted a handful of preseason games over the years — 11 in all, including exhibitions — but the fact that Paris will host an official NBA game showcases the league’s desire to build upon its already considerable global influence.

“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, via ESPN. “With France leading a record number of players from Europe in the league, we look forward to bringing together basketball fans from across the continent for the NBA’s first regular-season game in Paris.”

Hornets chairman Michael Jordan, whose Chicago Bulls team played in an exhibition game in Paris in 1997, is excited his team has been tabbed for the historic matchup.

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

The Hornets previously played a preseason game in France in 1994. The Bucks, meanwhile, will be paying its first visit.

“Playing in one of the great cities in Europe continues our goal to extend the global brand of the Bucks,” Bucks co-owner Wes Edens said. “We will be proud to represent Milwaukee and Wisconsin in Paris, and we thank the NBA for this exciting opportunity.”

Tickets for the NBA Paris Game 2020 will go on sale at some point later in 2019.