Paolo Banchero shows no love for Italian fans ahead of Team USA-Italy clash

Paolo Banchero shows no love for Italian fans ahead of Team USA-Italy clash


Group USA ahead Paolo Banchero throughout a recreation towards Lithuania within the Fiba World Cup. -FIBA PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Group USA ahead Paolo Banchero has nothing to supply to his followers in Italy.

Nicely, he might not have many supporters left on that facet of the world anyway after his blunt response when requested if he has a message for his Italian followers on the eve of their Fiba World Cup quarterfinal recreation with the Azzurri.

“Uh, no,” a stoic Banchero, whose father has Italian heritage, stated in a video that has been making rounds on social media.

America clashes with Italy, which closely recruited Banchero to bolster its nationwide group for the previous a number of years, later at 8:30 p.m. at Mall of Asia Enviornment.

Banchero, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Yr, got here near enjoying for Italy on the Tokyo Olympics when he was 17 years previous however the COVID-19 pandemic occurred and altered the course of his basketball profession.

Final June, Banchero in the end determined to characterize Group USA which understandably left a bitter style within the mouth of Italian Basketball Federation president Gianni Petrucci.

Team USA's Paolo Banchero Fiba World Cup

Group USA’s Paolo Banchero gestures throughout the FIBA Basketball World Cup group C match between US and New Zealand on the Mall of Asia Enviornment in Pasay metropolis, suburban Manila on August 26, 2023. (Picture by SHERWIN VARDELEON / AFP)

“It was a reputable resolution, however he might have made a name to speak that to us. As a substitute, we discovered about his resolution from the newspapers,” Petrucci stated in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport final June. “Up to now few days, he was in Milan, and regardless of our agreements along with his company, he averted the assembly with coach (Gianmarco) Pozzecco.”

“Betrayal, particularly in basketball, is a robust phrase. Conditions like this occur, and personally, I’m used to it. However he fooled us, we had been planning an amazing business technique for him. Now we have to flip this disappointment into constructive power, I’m certain our coach will be capable to do it.”

Banchero, who stars for the Orlando Magic within the NBA, stated that what led to his resolution is his mom, who performed for USA Basketball within the Nineties.



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