On August 15 at 8 p.m., the Nanterre sports center will roar, animated by an unusual excitement in the middle of Assumption. A satellite truck will have taken place in the parking lot on behalf of ESPN, whose ESPN 2 channel will be on the alert to broadcast an exhibition meeting, the casting of which was made official on Friday.
During this “Axe Euro Tour”, which also stops in London (August 11) and Rome (August 18), Maurice-Thorez’s parquet floor will be trodden on the one hand by a French selection of hopefuls from categories under 17 and under 18 – including Ilane Fibleuil, Melvin Ajinça or Bilal Coulibaly – set up by the ComSport agency (which notably represents Nicolas Batum, Evan Fournier and Rudy Gobert in the NBA), on the other hand by a team straight from the United States.
LeBron James present at the game?
The “California Basketball Club” brings together referenced high school students, including the two sons of LA Lakers superstar LeBron James, Bronny and Bryce, as well as the sons of 1990s legends Scottie Pippen (Justin Pippen) and Penny Hardaway (Ashton Hardaway ). Brochette to which we must add Isaiah Elohim, number 2 of his age group in the USA. Enough to push ESPN to dispatch a team of commentators specializing in highschool basketball.
Can there, in addition to the expected players, be guests during this atypical Ile-de-France evening in the middle of August? The presence of LeBron James himself, who has posted videos in recent days where he trains with his sons, and would have participated in the organization of the event to allow them to discover international basketball, would have nothing surprising. Even less in the heart of a summer when many NBA stars – including champions Stephen Curry and Jordan Poole – marched in the French capital.
Tickets for the match are distributed only by presale.