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Paolo Banchero admits to one lottery team he ‘never liked’

Paolo Banchero holds a ball

Nov 12, 2021; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Paolo Banchero (5) looks to pass during the second half against the Army Black Knights at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Top NBA prospect Paolo Banchero has a bit of a vendetta against one team that could wind up drafting him.

Banchero, a Seattle native, admitted that he has held a bit of resentment against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder controversially relocated to Oklahoma City from Seattle in 2008, alienating many Sonics fans, including Banchero.

“I grew up with the Sonics a little bit. I was like six, I think, when they left, so I never liked the Thunder,” Banchero admitted.

The Thunder hold the No. 2 pick in the draft, and Banchero could certainly be on the board for them. The threat of awkwardness probably won’t dissuade the Thunder from considering him, and Banchero almost certainly knows that.

Banchero would not be the first player to have a pre-draft stance age poorly. For now, that is a long way off.

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