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Paolo Banchero accidentally disses Stephen Curry, blatantly disregards Kayne West

NBA, Pop Culture, Paolo Banchero, Stephen Curry, Kanye West, Magic

Orlando Magic rookie Paolo Banchero may have just inadvertently made a few enemies both in the NBA and in the rap world.

In a rapid-fire interview with Complex Sports, covering a variety of questions on rap music and the NBA, Banchero gave Kanye West the boot when asked who had to go out of Kanye, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne:


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For the basketball questions, Banchero shared his top five players in the NBA right now, a list Steph does appear on:

“Top 5 in the NBA right now? No order, LeBron, KD, Giannis, Embiid, and Steph.”

He also shared his all-time top five:

“There’s no order, by the way, there’s no order. But Kobe, MJ, LeBron, Magic, and Kareem.”

His list of top five current NBA players is interesting, if not so surprising. Remember that the No. 1 pick will still have to play these guys this season and beyond. LeBron and Kevin Durant both had huge seasons, but Giannis Antetokounmpo is arguably the best player in the world right now. For his part, Joel Embiid was MVP-caliber, while Steph Curry won another title.

Interestingly enough, LeBron James is the only player who appears on both of Banchero’s NBA lists. It’s also difficult to argue with any of his other selections.

The kicker here, however, is Banchero was asked about his “all-time dream starting five” over a month ago. That group featured LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant, Hakeem Olajuwon and … Stephen Curry:


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Now, he leaves out both Curry and Olajuwon despite Curry winning a fourth NBA title and his first Finals MVP. While Olajuwon is retired, Banchero and the Magic will still have to play Curry this coming season. Better circle that on the calendar.

As for Kanye, it’s unlikely that Paolo Banchero will get into any rap battles with the 45-year-old rap star, but don’t put it past Kanye to compose a diss track about the 2022 top overall pick.