Paolo Banchero crashes at the World Cup with Italy: “I have to think and discuss”

The Orlando Magic winger renews his desire to play for Azzurro, but his words of caution leave everyone in doubt.

Edited by Luca Mazzella

I would like to, but I don’t know if I can. In the umpteenth opening statement “mitigated” by Paolo Banchero’s parole, the phrase seems more than accurate. Because the Orlando Magic forward, first pick in the 2022 draft and currently the No. 1 favorite for Rookie of the Year after a bombshell start that upset the all-time great’s stats, somehow keeps flashing for selectionnewly qualified for next year’s World Cup in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines, but leaving all possible scenarios openor, even a non-“non-participation” which, however, would in no way seem to distance the Seattle native from Italbasket to champion the Team USA cause, as far as postpone one more time the moment when Gianmarco Pozzecco will finally be able to make it available.

Banchero’s latest statements reached the The messengeranswer exactly the identikit traced so far: the boy wants to play with Italy πŸ‡§πŸ‡·It would be a great opportunity“, which follows the”I intend to play for the Italian national team, I don’t know whenannounced on teammate RJ Hampton’s podcast a few weeks ago) but it remains to be seen when that will happen. The desire to put the icing on the cake, however, for a group that with Simone Fontecchio, Nick Melli, Nico Mannion, the new Procida and Matteo Spagnolo and all the other players who, in total harmony with Gianmarco Pozzecco, seem to find new stimuli and energy in the blue shirt, it’s a lot. And the expectations that now surround “The Decision” are such that raise a noise with every little step which anyway Banchero seems to be doing in the direction of the tricolor.

The words thrown to the Messenger

Interviewed by Giacomo Rossetti, there are two fundamental passages about Italy. The first, obviously, is the desire to wear Azzurro next summer. A question to which Banchero responds as follows: “I have to talk about this with my team, my agent, my family. It would be a great opportunity, I certainly can’t deny it but there’s still time. I have to think about it and discuss it with those around meπŸ‡§πŸ‡·

Orlando’s number 5 then added, regarding the classification obtained on Monday with the victory in Georgia: “It’s a tremendous achievement, not only for the team, but for the whole country, and something I’m very proud of. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see the game because I had to prepare for a match against Magic. Watching the Azzurri play from the outside I can say that I like their style on the court, it’s a very exciting basketball that inspires me a lotπŸ‡§πŸ‡· Again, statements that they wouldn’t fear any twists, without thinking twice, unwilling to take a call from the US team, which many see as the main obstacle between Banchero and Italbasket. Also because the truth is that, until today, the player never stated that he wanted to play for the stars and stripes national teamπŸ‡§πŸ‡·

The trip to the USA is a possible watershed

As announced with pomp by the president of the Federation Gianni Petrucci, the 3rd of December will be a crucial date for the fate of the blues. In the company of coach Pozzecco and general manager FIP Trainotti, the Italian delegation will fly to Orlando to talk face to face with the player, illustrate the technical project for him and detonate – at least that’s what the declarations of the protagonists reveal (Pozzecco, yesterday , in the Gazzetta, said “We are now inside a beautiful fairy tale and Banchero can become the superhero that appears from nothing to the happy ending.) yes to selection. A yes that Banchero would have already communicated and reaffirmed in other forums, but which actually somehow keeps rocking and keeping everyone on their toes. However, although general hysteria now guides all of Banchero’s upheavals, capable of going from savior of the homeland to “ungrateful core” in the space of a very few tweets, with the inevitable comments on skin color, spoken language, the number of times he has been to Italy and everything that in terms of “Italianity” would or would not make the boy the symbol of our selection – and certainly not of our basketball that can’t wait to take refuge behind a unique talent born, shaped and technically constructed from the United States, but which would once again allow the many failures of the amateur management of the entire movement to be swept under the rug over the past two decades – reading your last words literally shouldn’t stoke any real tensionπŸ‡§πŸ‡·

Every time Banchero showed he wants to play for Italy

Optimism must continue to guide us in the Banchero controversy. Nonetheless, it is the boy himself who already has a well-established chronology of displays of affection towards the blue. Since 2020, the year in which in the famous Slam video Paolo wears the Italbasket shirt and after conversations between his family and the Federation he receives his Italian passport, complete with photos on social networks, in this summer’s post draft words”My intention is still to play for the Italian national team”, including the photo with the Italian flag on Magic Media Day and the words – the first on the subject – about the 2023 World Cup: β€œThe 2023 World Cup is my goal. I can’t guarantee 100% as I haven’t started my first season in the NBA yet, but it’s something I’m thinking about”, even precisely what was said on the podcast with teammate RJ Hampton. With today’s last chapter, al Messaggero, Paul does not take away, but if something adds something: another hand extended in the direction of Azzurro, with the Orlando Magic acting in some way as arbiters of the dispute. We don’t know what kind of work Banchero will be asked to do in the off-season (which will coincide precisely with the world championship) and, more generally, we are now very well aware of the relationships between franchises and individual federations in this regard. That Banchero somehow postpones his debut, subordinating it to the will of his club’s team, is more than legitimate. AND as long as your statements continue to go solely and exclusively in the direction of Azzurro, there is not much to fear. We’re all impatient, it’s true, but that dream can still come true.

Source: Fan Page IT