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Patrick Mahomes, Paolo Banchero have great exchange about reporter flub

Patrick Mahomes throwing

Nov 22, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes and Paolo Banchero were briefly one in the same in the eyes of a reporter on Sunday, and the two superstar athletes both seemed to get a kick out of it.

Banchero attended the Miami Grand Prix at Hard Rock Stadium. At one point, he crossed paths with former Formula One driver Martin Brundle. The Sky Sports commentator thought Banchero was Patrick Mahomes, which led to a bit of awkwardness (video here).

Banchero was a good sport about the interaction. He shared the link on Twitter and posted a bunch of laughing emojis.

Mahomes thought it was funny, too.

Brundle covers F1 racing, so he probably is not familiar with the major U.S. sports. The best part is Banchero is 6-foot-10, which is about six or seven inches taller than Mahomes. The former Duke star is also expected to be one of the top two or three picks in the upcoming NBA Draft. Brundle will certainly know who he is now.

British reporter confuses Paolo Banchero for NFL star in funny video

Martin Brundle interviews Paolo Banchero

There were so many athletes and celebrities at the Miami Grand Prix on Sunday that it was difficult to figure out who was who — just ask Formula One driver-turned-commentator Martin Brundle.

Brundle, who was an F1 driver for many years before launching his television career, had a bit of an embarrassing mix-up before Sunday’s race. The Sky Sports commentator crossed paths with Paolo Banchero before the action got started at Hard Rock Stadium. Brundle called the former Duke star “Patrick,” clearly thinking he was Patrick Mahomes. He acknowledged the mistake after it was brought to his attention.

You can see the funny clip below:

Banchero is widely expected to be one of the top three picks in the upcoming NBA Draft. It has probably been a long time since someone asked him, “What is your name, sir?” Brundle clearly had never even heard of Banchero, otherwise he probably would not have ended the interview so abruptly.

If you want to know the type of star power that was at the Miami Grand Prix, this photo should give you a good idea. Brundle probably is not used to that many American celebrities being at an F1 race.

Paolo Banchero has great answer for Tracy Wolfson in interview

Paolo Banchero holds a ball

Duke star Paolo Banchero had a great answer for Tracy Wolfson after the Blue Devils beat Arkansas in the finals of the West Region of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night in San Francisco, Calif.

Duke beat Arkansas 78-69 to win the region and advance to the Final Four. They await the winner of the Saint Peter’s-North Carolina game.

Wolfson conducted a postgame interview for TBS and asked Banchero whether he wanted to face Saint Peter’s or rival North Carolina. Banchero wasn’t taking the bait this time.

“You’re not going to get me this time!” Banchero said.

What’s the significance of the quote and what makes it so perfect?

After Duke beat Miami in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament, Banchero was asked whether he would rather play North Carolina or Virginia Tech in the finals. Banchero said UNC.

Banchero wanted some revenge on his rivals. But guess what happened? Virginia Tech beat North Carolina and then beat Duke in the finals to win the conference tournament.

Banchero obviously learned his lesson, because he didn’t fall for the question this time around.

Secretly though, he probably hopes to face North Carolina. You know Duke is dying for retribution after the Tar Heels spoiled Coach K’s final home game.

Photo: 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

Duke star Paolo Banchero has odd issue with sweating

Paolo Banchero staying hydrated

Paolo Banchero pours his blood, sweat, and tears onto the court every single game … but mostly his sweat.

During Tuesday’s game between Duke and Ohio State, ESPN’s Holly Rowe spoke on the cramps that the Blue Devils star Banchero has dealt with this season. Banchero recently had a sweat test performed on him by a doctor, which revealed that he loses about seven pounds every game. As a result, the freshman now drinks a special oxygenated fluid during games that absorbs immediately and helps prevent cramping.

The 19-year-old Banchero is Duke’s leading scorer and rebounder with 18.3 points and 7.6 boards per game this season. He is also a strong candidate to go with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Banchero’s cramps briefly forced him off the floor during both of Duke’s marquee games against Kentucky and Gonzaga earlier this month. While cramping has been a problem for some very prominent basketball players, Banchero’s issue is definitely one of the stranger ones we have seen at any level of the sport.

Coach K’s grandson, one other Duke player booked on DWI-related charges

Paolo Banchero grabs a rebound

Two Duke basketball players are facing charges related to driving while impaired. One of them is longtime coach Mike Krzyzewski’s grandson.

Michael Savarino, Coach K’s grandson, was arrested for DWI early Sunday morning after he was pulled over by the N.C. Highway Patrol outside Hillsborough. According to court records obtained by Steve Wiseman of the Raleigh News & Observer, police say the 20-year-old was stopped for a sign violation. Officers suspected he was impaired, and he was taken into custody after a breathalyzer showed his blood alcohol content was 0.08. Savarino was charged with DWI, driving after consuming alcohol under the age of 21 and the stop sign violation.

Star freshman Paolo Banchero was in the car with Savarino at the time. He was charged with aiding and abetting DWI and released at the site of the traffic stop.

“We are reviewing a legal matter involving two members of the men’s basketball team,” Krzyzewski said in a statement. “Any further actions as a result of this situation will ultimately be determined by the Vice President/Director of Athletics and University officials.”

Savarino has a court date of Dec. 9 and Banchero is due in court on Dec. 8.

Savarino is the son of Coach K’s oldest daughter, Debbie Krzyzewski Savarino. He walked on with the Blue Devils in 2019 and was given a scholarship this past offseason. He played four minutes in Duke’s 82-56 win over Army on Friday night and is not a regular contributor.

Banchero, 19, is projected to be an NBA lottery pick. The 6-foot-10 forward was named the ACC’s preseason player of the year and is averaging 19.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

Photo: 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