Before the holidays, Paris Basketball will know where it really stands in the hierarchy of French basketball. The calendar has two duels in store for them against the two giants of the championship: Monaco and Villeurbanne. The very ambitious club from the capital has the claim to be the third thief in the short term and to join these two in the Euroleague. It could happen sooner than expected: Paris dominates its Eurocup group (9 wins, 1 loss).
This is no coincidence: the winner of this second European Cup will have a direct ticket to the next Euroleague, the "real" Champions League of basketball. It is not at all impossible that Paris will pick up this ticket in the spring. With almost two months to the day (February 11) to go before its entry into the brand new Arena at the Porte de la Chapelle (the Adidas Arena), Paris Basketball, third in the provisional standings and which has never yet participated in the playoffs, must first be in Betclic. To find out if in the short term, he can compete with Monaco and Asvel.
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For Monaco, we already know. On December 3rd, Paris took a beating on the rock (84-62), confirming that the Principality club is still well (at least) two shades above. Too rich, too strong, he is untouchable.
Now it's time to gauge themselves against Asvel, who are showing up on December 10 at the Halle Carpentier (19 p.m. on Skweek and the L'Equipe channel), currently second in the standings.
By the way, this is the last time that in the league, the hall of the 13th arrondissement, on the edge of the ring road, will host a Betclic match. Paris will play there for two more months, but only in the Eurocup. In the league, it's a farewell to Carpentier: the next matches will be relocated, notably to the AccorArena in Bercy. "We haven't said goodbye to the Halle Carpentier yet," says David Kahn, president of Paris Basketball. We're not saying "hello!" at the Adidas Arena yet, either. Nevertheless, we entered the final countdown before we got into it and I can feel the excitement building throughout the Paris Basketball community. »
✔️ That's it! The parquet floor is laid!
🏟️ See you on February 11 to see the @ParisBasketball play in his new den! pic.twitter.com/zcy7qC16hs
— adidas arena (@adidasarena) December 1, 2023
Asvel not at its best
48 hours after a big defeat against Valencia in the Euroleague (55-78), Tony Parker's club arrives in Paris tired, bruised. Not at the top of its game but it's still Asvel, the most successful club in French basketball with real geniuses in its squad like Nando de Colo.
"For us, it's a special game at this point in the season because it's second place in the standings that's at stake. So it's an important meeting for the future," said Paris' Bandja Sy.
The Parisian winger, who played for Asvel in 2016-2017, adds: "It's also special because it is, indeed, one of our last games at Carpentier. We need to keep the momentum of our victory in Lithuania going." Last Wednesday, Paris Basketball made short work of the Wolves (110-79) in a country where basketball is the national sport. That sums up Paris' good start to the season in one fell swoop.