Basketball, NBA – Banchero incredulous: “I learned about Orlando in the last seconds. Proud of my Italian roots”

“I had never cried tears of joy.” Paolo Banchero was totally shocked by his name given by the commissioner NBA Adam Silver as the absolute number 1 of the 2022 NBA Draft for the Orlando Magic, he who seemed destined for 3 for the Houston Rockets. In the press conference immediately following the choice, the Seattle native declares still surprised: “They told me during the day that the situation was fluid and to keep me ready for anything, but they told me about Orlando about 20 seconds before the Commissioner took the stage. : I hardly had time to realize what was happening “.

Paolo Banchero celebrates the call to the absolute 1 of the 2022 NBA Draft

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He thanked Coach K, Mike Krzyzewskithe coach who raised him in a particular season a Duke: “the person who made me become a man, in a year spent away from home, away from my family. He took me back when I had to be taken back, encouraged me when I did well: I owe him a lot”. And then the first words as a player of the Orlando Magic in perspective NBA: “I want to bring a winning mentality, a great work ethic, I’m ready to get down to business with my new mates. I couldn’t be happier to be a member of Orlando Magico. This is one of the best moments of my life, I’m very happy “.


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Question about the first salary: “What will I buy? A car, probably a nice sports car. Luckily my parents are both well educated in economics: they will help me spend the right way”. And inevitably about his origins and passport Italianthe second ever to the 1 after Andrea Bargnani in the 2006: “I don’t know if it is fair to say that I am another Italian first choice like Bargnani, since he was born and raised in Italy and I was born and raised in Seattle. For sure I am proud of my Italian roots and I do not see the time to represent Italy “.

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