While Paolo increases his chances of being first choice in the draft, the president of the Fip aims to have him in blue for next year’s European Championship
Demonstration of strength. Paolo Banchero has relaunched his first choice race in the Nba 2022 Draft by winning a double challenge with his Duke: against Chet Holmgren, center and his only rival in the race for number 1, and Gonzaga, the best team in the Ncaa ranking that Duke has folded 84-81. Paolo in the first half was dominant: 20 points and the impression of being much more ready for Holmgren’s NBA (16 points and 7 rebounds at the end), direct defender of Banchero (Paolo defending on the center of Gonzaga) put in difficulty from the already complete offensive talent of the blue. After the rest, however, Paolo surrendered to cramps, which forced him to have a drip during the match: in the end 21 points in 30 ‘, but Banchero still managed to be useful. “Having him on the pitch, even limited, helps his teammates a lot,” coach Krzyzewski crowned him. Observers came out of the challenge in front of the 20,389 spectators in Las Vegas with the idea that Banchero is now ahead of Holmgren in an NBA key: Gonzaga’s center has yet to develop, the 19-year-old with an Italian passport has shown to be much more complete.
On the future in blue of Banchero, on the sidelines of the press conference to present Italy-Holland, the federal president Petrucci was unbalanced: “I wrote him a personal letter to show him how much Italian basketball is looking forward to embracing him. Paolo, choosing to play for our country, he has made an extraordinary gesture. We hope to have him with us as soon as possible. I will work to ensure that he can play the 2022 European Championship with the national team in September. The Fip is willing to make a very important investment in him “. The issue will affect above all the insurance cost, moreover it will not be easy to move the NBA. “I will try anyway – assures Petrucci – because it is my duty to ensure the best players for the national team also to bring a wave of enthusiasm to the movement”.
Petrucci at the conference brought a strong attack on the Barcelona board, taking as a starting point the “strange” results of this start of qualifying for the World Cup. The theme is well known: the Euroleague does not allow the players of their clubs to the national teams during the windows, except with rare exceptions: “I have seen incredible results, obviously there is great balance if teams like Greece, Turkey and Germany lose against less accredited opponents. This is because they cannot field their best players. For some time I have argued that it is not permissible for a private entity, with its claims, to influence major international events such as the Olympics. I don’t have it with Milan that signed the 10-year agreement, I have it with the ignorance of a body that does not respect the culture of sport ”.
November 28 – 08:34
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