Magic rookie Paolo Banchero entertained his hometown followers Saturday with a 50-point efficiency on the CrawsOver Pro-Am in Seattle (video hyperlink from NBA.com). The total no. 1 decide teamed up with No. 2 choices Chet Holmgrenwho had 34 factors, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks within the exhibition.
Banchero has a protracted relationship with the occasion’s organizer, former NBA participant Jamal Crawford. In a current look with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on their “All The Smoke” podcast, Banchero talked about useful recommendation that he obtained from Crawford (hat tip to Cody Taylor of USA Today’s Rookie Wire).
“Since my freshman yr of highschool, he has sort of taken me underneath his wing and began taking me to the fitness center and letting me play within the pro-am, the entire pick-up video games and stuff from after I was 15, ” Banchero mentioned. “At that point, (the NBA) appeared up to now however he was like, ‘High faculty goes to fly by. It’s nearer than you suppose. You simply gotta begin getting ready for it now despite the fact that it might appear to be it is away. You gotta lock in now.’ That put issues into perspective and kinda made me take it even that extra severely. I used to be at all times within the fitness center working and making an attempt to chase my dream however that is after I began taking actually caring for my physique and doing the proper issues as a result of he was speaking to me about it on a regular basis.”
There’s extra from Orlando:
- An aiding and abetting cost in opposition to Banchero associated to a Duke teammate’s drunk driving arrest final yr has been dropped, in accordance with Steve Wiseman of The Raleigh News & Observer. Police mentioned Banchero was driving within the again seat and was charged as a result of the automobile was registered to him.
- Kevon Harris, who signed a two-way contract with the Magic this week, is thrilled to lastly get his shot on the NBA, per Dan Savage of NBA.com. Harris, who went undrafted out of Stephen F. Austin in 2020, performed within the G League and spent a while in Croatia over the previous two years. The 25-year-old guard is coming off a robust Summer League exhibiting with Minnesota, averaging 15.8 factors per sport in Las Vegas. “I used to be in a position to present that I can do extra than simply rating the basketball,” Harris mentioned. “I really feel like that was a stigma on me. I’m in a position to guard and be very versatile on and off the ball. I really feel like I used to be in a position to present my skillset and all the things and present that I belong within the NBA.”
- Markelle Fultzwho returned from an ACL tear in late February, generally is a optimistic affect on the remainder of Orlando’s younger roster, writes Jackson Frank of Uproxx.