It is now almost a year since, after months of courtship, Paul Banchero turned down the blue jersey choosing Team USA, with whom he played the last World Cup. The choice of the star of the Orlando Magic had immediately generated resentment among Italian fans, who felt they had been taken for a ride, and also in the institutions, with Gianni Petrucci wasting no time in criticizing Banchero’s behavior.
However, the Orlando player has not completely set aside our country, which he has said on several occasions that he loves. As further evidence of his closeness to Italy, at least sentimental, Banchero took the court tonight at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks with some Jordan shoes that feature the very Italian flag on the tongue. “Perfecto” the Magic wrote on social media.
perfecto 🤌 pic.twitter.com/LTON7tlqrr
– Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) January 15, 2024