The Jazz held a moment of silence and performed the French national anthem before Wednesday’s game as a tribute to last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who’s from Saint-Quentin, France, has appreciated the love and support his country has received across the Atlantic. “I appreciate it. The French people really appreciate it and appreciate the support everybody has shown,” Gobert said at Wednesday’s shootaround. “All of the country is a little bit shocked.”
During Sunday’s game against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center, the Los Angeles Lakers will honor three Americans who in August thwarted a terrorist attack aboard a passenger train heading from Amsterdam to Paris. Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, who tackled and subdued a gunman on the high-speed train that was less than an hour away from Paris, will attend the game and be introduced during a brief on-court pre-game ceremony, according to the Lakers. They will also meet with team president and co-owner Jeanie Buss. Sadler, a college student in Sacramento, was wearing a Lakers shirt during the heroic act.
“It’s tough,” Parker, a native of Belgium who grew up in France, said Saturday night after the Spurs’ 92-83 win over Philadelphia of dealing with the news that more than 120 people, including one American, had died in the attacks late last week in Paris. Despite having a heavy heart, Parker said it wasn’t difficult for him to play in the game. He finished with 16 points as the Spurs won their fourth in a row.
“Actually, the game was good,” he said. “It helped me think about something else. For the past 24 hours, I’ve just spent my time calling family and friends to make sure they’re OK.” The Spurs asked the sellout crowd of 18,418 at the AT&T Center to observe a moment of silence in honor of the victims, which included dozens of wounded. Afterward, the French national anthem played over the public address system before the playing of the U.S. national anthem.