We tell you about the madness of Bercy, between the mystery “Picsou Magazine” and dizzying prices
At the Bercy Arena in Paris,
There are evenings where one naively thinks they are enjoying a sporting event 100%, like here with the first NBA game I live of our life. But a 20 minutesYes, our total dedication to detective work always reaches us. Having just arrived in the press room of the Arena de Bercy on Thursday, we see on an accreditation sheet that one of the media best represented in this Paris NBA game appears to be… Picsou magazine, with four people expected. Something that piques our curiosity, especially since the seats reserved for journalists in our Proust madeleine are positioned closer to the field, next to the NBA employees.
And yes, the kind of mystery that puts the question into perspective of a game between the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls suspense immediately upset (108-126) by the class of the trio LaVine (30 points)-DeRozan (26 points)-Vucevic (16 points). Enlightenment will finally come to us at the press conference Postgame footage of Bulls star Zach LaVine. A child suddenly takes the microphone, with aplomb and malice, in the midst of about sixty sports journalists: “I wear number 8 when I play basketball with my club because you are my idol. And I wanted to know why you wear number 8 and who was your idol when you were my age? “.
The NBA’s faith in a 12-year-old
In the background there was also this beautiful moment of complicity between this boy and a very moved Zach LaVine by his statement “Kamoulox” that the strong presence of Picsou magazine to cause stepbacks and crossovers. Bingo! Let’s go interview the postgame hero, who’s by dad’s side. ” It all started with a competition for junior journalists… in Picsou magazine, explains the latter. For this NBA game, you had to write a 100-word article introducing your favorite basketball player, then you had to wait for the draw. »
This is how Nathan Robert (12), a player at the Saint-Marcel club in Marseille, hit the bull’s-eye, spending the evening on the sidelines, with his father and Jean-Baptiste Roux and Sébastien Floch, two journalists from the famous magazine. And with a visit to beIN Sports fixed as a bonus, and then a presence for the players’ press conference appreciated by the NBA. “I was still quite stressed, because usually I only see Zach LaVine on television, confides the young Marseillaise. There, I had to be brave. But I’m starting to think it’s pretty cool to be a reporter. » Editor-in-chief of Picsou magazineJean-Baptiste Roux explains: “The people of the NBA were very nice because they immediately accepted that Nathan could ask a question, without even knowing what he was going to ask the player.”
“A 100% NBA away game, but in France”
This coldness of the American League, organizer from A to Z or almost of this game at the Bercy, we felt it right away. Our press accreditation would never have allowed us, at a French sporting event, to roam absolutely everywhere on the track, watching Bulls players go by analyzing Pistons attacks on a computer, two o’clock from kickoff. Spectators also have the opportunity to leave their seats with ease to approach the field, and potentially the stars present in the shambles Thursday night (Magic Johnson, Tony ParkerGerard Piqué without Twingo, Pierre Gasley…).
“With the NBA, it’s not just basketball, there’s an incredible aura around it, as well as the show. We believe it is an American event and a 100% NBA trip for us, but in France,” deciphers Vincent (42), who arrived from Lyon with his son Quentin, who received a birthday present for his 11th birthday this week. Because this NBA Paris Game involves a pretty dizzying budget for the 14,700 spectators.Brace yourselves, prices fluctuated between 80 and 815 euros, even going up to 1,875 euros for those who wanted to live the definitive experience, the sideline ).
Ratings well above what was done in the NBA
“I paid $400 for each of our seats, and I remember attending a 2012 NBA Finals game between Miami and Oklahoma City that cost me less than $200,” Vincent explains. At the same time, I would do the same as them, when you see the insanity line that was out there. In this immense crowd, which had to pay for a ticket whose average price is 500 euros, we also meet Israelis, Romanians and Poles, all of whom have come to Paris especially for this match. This demonstrates how the NBA’s rarity outside its borders drives these addicts to the exploits of Michael Jordan, in the 90s, to warm up the credit card. Accompanied by his wife Marta and daughter Marcelina (9 years old), the Polish Arec is aware that he paid only 9 dollars to attend a regular season game in Atlanta a few years ago. “But there we don’t have to get a visa to see the Bulls,” continues Arec. And while obviously gone are Jordan and Pippen, we want to convey our passion for Chicago to the second generation of the family. »
Coming from much closer, from Seine-Saint-Denis in this case, Sylvain (38) is like so many other basketball fans in a broadcast process Thursday, with his son Tom (11) dazzled by the lights and pre- game next to him. “I trembled when I validated the 600 euro payment for both of us, but I told myself it was once in a lifetime,” he says. The opportunity is really there, they are the ones who come to us. And too bad if it is not the ideal preparation before a Friday punctuated by a wake-up call at 7 and three checks in a row for Tom in college. “Ah yes, dear, I had completely forgotten,” smiles the child, addicted The Last Dance.
“It was a privilege to be a part of it”
Despite all the American-style entertainment, and nice tributes to former NBA legends, there was inevitably a tinge of disappointment, at 11.30pm, when all the fans started leaving Bercy. Because the opposition between the 10th and last of the Eastern conference was not as one might fear uninspiring, and more suspense-free from end to end. “We wanted to experience the atmosphere of an NBA game first hand,” says Sebastian (30), who arrived from Romania with a friend. Obviously we would have had more fun with better teams in the league. But any NBA game is still better than all the basketball we’ve seen in our lives so far. »
And now he denigrates the clash between Cluj and Ploiesti, respectively first and third in the Romanian championship (ok, we went to get this info). Finally, how did the players experience this experience which remains very rare in an NBA playing career? “There was a wonderful atmosphere, savor DeMar DeRozan. It was a privilege to be a part of it. In several years, we will realize what a great moment it was. “Nathan will probably just need a sleepover to fully understand that he wasn’t in the middle of a dream in front of Zach LaVine.
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