Dejounte Murray hasn’t even suited up in a Hawks uniform yet, and I’m already sold that he’s going to be the answer to the problems in Atlanta. The man just loves to hoop, and this weekend, Murray suited up at an NBA Pro-Am and gave this year’s #1 overall pick Paolo Banchero an early welcome to the league moment.
That was just the first of many exchanges between the two during the game. Later on, Murray had some choice words for Banchero, calling him “soft.”
The beef wasn’t just left on the court, either. Following the game, the two took the heat to social media, beginning with Banchero, who said Murray unfollowed him on Instagram.
Paolo Banchero posted this on his IG story in response to Dejounte Murray's play
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) August 8, 2022
To which Murray responded.
Dejounte Murray has now responded to Paolo Banchero… oh boy. pic.twitter.com/wINyBWVYXM
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) August 8, 2022
Banchero seemed to attempt to take the high road afterward, but Murray wasn’t having it.
— Markee Randolph (@MagicMarkee) August 8, 2022
DEJOUNTE HAS THAT DOG IN HIM pic.twitter.com/uVAmLUHc5n
— SportsTalkATL.com (@SportsTalkATL) August 8, 2022
I love every bit of this, and if this is who Murray is to the core, he’s exactly what the Hawks need. The most glaring difference between last year’s team and the one that made it to the Eastern Conference Finals was the lack of intensity. The Hawks didn’t really have anyone that brought the energy, and they lacked toughness, particularly on the defensive end. Murray can add in that area, and I’m giddy to see how the Hawks mesh once the season starts.
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