Paolo Banchero, Dejounte Murray Exchange Words on IG After Viral Pro-Am Video

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVAugust 8, 2022

Orlando Magic's Paolo Banchero brings the ball up against the Houston Rockets during the first half an NBA summer league basketball game Thursday, July 7, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
AP Photo/John Locher

Dejounte Murray of the Atlanta Hawks hit Orlando Magic rookie Paolo Banchero with a sick pump fake at the Zeke-End pro-am basketball tournament in Washington on Sunday, which even had Murray's teammate, Trae Young, shook.

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WE SEE YOU <a href="https://twitter.com/DejounteMurray?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DejounteMurray</a> 👀 <a href="https://t.co/55s218eJuL">pic.twitter.com/55s218eJuL</a>

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🤯 <a href="https://t.co/95qBZ09iPl">https://t.co/95qBZ09iPl</a>

Banchero then had some words for Murray on Instagram after the viral moment:

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Paolo had a message for Dejounte Murray after this play 😅<br><br>(via Paolo5/IG) <a href="https://t.co/atgrTsbsCU">https://t.co/atgrTsbsCU</a> <a href="https://t.co/Ye1WsMXUb1">pic.twitter.com/Ye1WsMXUb1</a>

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"He too soft" 😳<br><br>Dejounte Murray let Paolo Banchero hear it during their run yesterday<br><br>(via <a href="https://twitter.com/HomeTeamHoops?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HomeTeamHoops</a>) <a href="https://t.co/9ul3dVsbx2">pic.twitter.com/9ul3dVsbx2</a>

And while the initial exchange might have had a "big bro picking on little bro in the gym" vibe, Murray's own response indicated it perhaps runs a bit deeper:

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Dejounte Murray with the clap back 👀 <a href="https://t.co/Rrtk6Z5QAs">https://t.co/Rrtk6Z5QAs</a> <a href="https://t.co/FXrJiNjKaq">pic.twitter.com/FXrJiNjKaq</a>

It isn't easy having your soul stolen from your body on the court, but it happens to most players at some point if they reach the NBA, and Banchero got an early taste of that treatment.

Call it a learning experience for this year's top overall pick. A harsh lesson, to be fair, and one that Murray clearly felt Banchero needs to heed.