Patrick Williams, Dalen Terry, and other Bulls prepare to travel for NBA Paris game

But before Patrick Williams got there, he decided it would be better if he learned a little about his first place in a foreign country.

“I was in Canada,” Williams said. “Does that count?”

No it is not. So Williams decided that before heading there with the Bulls on Thursday, January 19 against the Detroit Pistons, he’d better at least learn a little about the difference between military dictator Napoleon and the pastry Napoleon. When the Bulls quietly returned home to Chicago after the disappointing defeat in Washington on Wednesday, Williams turned to a film about France.

The Bulls’ visit next week is a continuation of the NBA’s worldwide reach over the past 30 years, with occasional regular-season games played overseas in Japan, England, and France over the past 30 years. This is the Bulls’ first regular season game outside of North America.

“This week I was Googleing history and WWII to watch a movie and see what I was stepping into there,” Williams said. “It would be embarrassing or a waste of time to go and not see what we’re stepping into. It’s something I’m looking forward to and sharing with my teammates and family. My brother Eddie is leaving. They (The Bulls) told us about a month ago whether we wanted team events or men’s personal time to explore. asked. The guys said it’s a mix.We’re having a few team dinners and the boys bring family members or friends for personal time.

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“Obviously, I’m a big eater, so I want to see how the food is,” Williams said.

“Food or quantity?” I wondered.

“A little of both,” he said.

“These are moments we’ll treasure for a lifetime,” Williams said. “You don’t get to travel and see as many people as we do, so it’s something you won’t forget. It’s always good to have memories to share with your family and teammates. For me there are great museums out there; See them and of course the shopping.

It’s no surprise, but many of the Bulls’ young players are going abroad or to Europe for the first time. Many went to basketball tournaments, if not to Europe.

Coby White said he went to the Dominican Republic, but not to Europe.

“I’m looking forward to trying the food,” White said. “Of course, see the Eiffel Tower. It’s such a blessing to be able to go to a place like this. Not many people from the states have this chance. That’s why I’m excited and especially to be there with my teammates. They say how beautiful and what a good city Paris is. I don’t ask too much; I like to experience things and make decisions on my own. The way I am. When I grow up after basketball, I want to travel and really take the opportunity to travel and spend time and see more.

“Of course, see the Eiffel Tower,” said the supposed favorite of many of the players. “I don’t know much about it, so I will trust Vooch (Nikola Vučević) and G (Goran Dragic). My biggest interest is fashion and clothing. Lots of people have asked me about modeling some of the outfits out there, so I’m looking forward to seeing the fashion stores and the differences.

The NBA is all about exploration, so it was left to Alex Caruso as the team’s forward party last summer.

Alex Caruso traveled to Paris last summer to do press coverage and interviews about the upcoming NBA Paris game.

“He stayed there for about 48 hours (in September) and then the queen died (cut the trip short),” Caruso said. “I traveled around Paris, found the sights there for the first time, did some interviews for the game. It was very enjoyable to see the places and the culture that I only saw in the pictures. Everything seems much more comfortable; I really enjoyed the food and the restaurants.”

Surprisingly, neither Vučević nor Dragić ever played in France, but Dragic played professionally in Slovenia and Spain.

“It’s an incredibly beautiful, wonderful city,” Dragić said. “Architecture, a lot of history. And if it’s Fashion Week, you’ve got a lot to do. I’ve been there for Fashion Week which was amazing. I really loved Versailles (palace for kings). It is incredible to see the gardens, the mirrors in person.”

Vučević said, “I’ve traveled there many times. I love Paris, the history, the monuments. It’s a great place to just walk around. I’m a history student and I’ve always been curious about French kings. We know world history and how we got to this point. We know a lot about that at school. We learned a lot. I’ve been there for Fashion Week and I go to museums often. My favorite is Versailles. Frankly, kings knew how to live.”

And next week, the Bulls will live like kings for a week in La Ville Lumièr, the city of romance, culture, Enlightenment, the city everyone talks about from Audrey Hepburn who said “Paris is always a good idea”. Ernest Hemingway said, “If you’re lucky enough to live in Paris, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you.”

And, that’s right, basketball.

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