It’s August in the NBA, which means draft prospects have new homes, free agents are locked into fresh deals and most of the high-profile trades have been finalized. Basically, we’re in no man’s land, where basketball fans gather around NBA Twitter to watch two high-profile players grow contentious in a Pro-Am game and fued on Instagram.
The real beef everyone is talking about is between two of the most talented hoopers out of Seattle: Atlanta Hawks guard Dejounte Murray and Orlando Magic forward Paolo Banchero. The friends turned into foes during an altercation at a ‘Zeke-End’ basketball tournament organized by former All-Star Isaiah Thomas.
This highlight of Murray schooling Banchero went viral across social media on Sunday. Dejounte is seen switching onto Banchero, making him jump with an up-and-under, turning the rookie around with a fake pass, tossing the ball off the backboard and slamming it down emphatically with one hand.
Things get serious when Dejounte jumps to recover the dead ball before Banchero. Immediately, Murray can be seen chatting directly in Banchero’s face, prompting him to push off of the All-Star guard. Still talking, Murray tosses the ball at Banchero’s feet and gets back on defense.