Dejounte Murray is creating a pretty big stir around the NBA this offseason as Murray has become a regular at pro-am games in different places over the summer. He was recently seen playing at Isiah Thomas's camp and getting into a spat with the 2022 1st overall pick, Paolo Banchero.
Murray hit Banchero with a disrespectful behind-the-back fake and went on to dunk over Banchero. In the same game, Murray was seen pulling disrespectful moves against other pro-am players that weren't NBA quality. This included clips of Murray bouncing the ball off the heads of inferior players that were guarding him.
At a recent game, Murray took off for an emphatic dunk and slammed the ball home with ease. Upon landing back on the floor, Murray picked the ball up and threatened to throw the ball in the face of one of the defenders on the court before walking off while talking trash.
Murray is upsetting NBA fans a lot with his disrespectful play against people that aren't on the same level of playing ability as him. Pro-am games are filled with casual hoopers as well, the kind that Murray has been bullying regularly during these games.
Games usually do become competitive, and no player should hide their emotions away. However, it is a little odd to see an NBA All-Star level player go out of his way to disrespect people who are just having fun at a pro-am run. They are very good street-ball players but not nearly the caliber of player that Dejounte is.
The first matchup between the Orlando Magic and the Atlanta Hawks this season will be a spicy affair after seeing everything that has transpired between Murray and Banchero. Many other NBA players may also be gunning for Murray heading into the 2022-23 season to prove a point about being respectful on a basketball court.