Monday, September 06, 2010

NBA Tour in Paris

You know that they often use the front of the Hotel de Ville (town hall) for various exhibits (garden, heart race, French tennis open...). Well this weekend was dedicated to basket ball... And more precisely the Adidas NBA tour. Basket ball is more and more popular in France (the French basketball federation has 456,056 members) probably because Tony Parker (the husband of Eva Longoria) is French (even though he was born in Belgium and has an American father and a Dutch mother!) and has been in the news a lot over the last 5 years. I took this shot during their impressive rehearsals and I was not lying on the floor(!) but on a step of a staircase that leads to an underground parking!


  1. Oh! To stand on one's head. I used to do it a lot when I was younger, say teen age. Woohoo!

  2. I could never do that; I always collapsed into a giggling heap on the floor. Boohoo!

  3. And it IS impressive! But you probably shouldn't give away your trade secrets. :~}

  4. I don't think I'll be doing those exercises.

    Alexa is right: never reveal the trick to the T perspective!

  5. I am surprised. Those are basketball moves? It looks to me so much more like they are doing archery.

  6. I saw them yesterday afternoon, passing by the 'Hotel de Ville'. There were lots of people watching.
    I was not able to look at them that close with the crowd !!! Your photo is really impressive.
    Tall Gary, the archery photo is really impressive too.
    I do agree with Keats ;)

  7. Great detail of the performance. Heads and sport shoes together is possible.



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  8. Absolutely great.
    Extraordinary to see how you could make these guys take the exact position you wished and made them not to move during the time you shot ;)
    Leave me a few hours... and I'll do this... !
    Great picture that could have suit for the old French TV program: "la tête et les jambes". Such like to suit the action to the word. Not bad!

  9. Hi there, Flore! Hotel de Ville is a nice area to hang out, ice-skating and all that. You know what I mean.


  10. Fun! I'm not a big basketball fan, but my hubby enjoys watching the games. It is interesting to see them rehearse and that they are all so limber. Again, that Tenin perspective! :)

  11. Eric -- this is, ahem, hands down, a great photo! I don't know how they manage to hold the arrows with their feet. Kudos, TG!