Simone Fontecchio is reportedly the latest addition to the Utah Jazz, and as it turns out, he isn’t unfamiliar with the franchise thanks to Joe Ingles.
Ingles, a longtime forward for the Jazz who is now a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, is one of Fontecchio’s basketball idols.
This all came out during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, following Australia’s 86-83 victory over Italy during the group stage of competition (Fontecchio played for Italy, Ingles for Australia).
During the postgame press conference, Ingles fielded questions from reporters. One unnamed reporter, who a day earlier had learned from Fontecchio himself that he idolizes Ingles, asked Ingles about his thoughts on Fontecchio.
As Ingles has been wont to do throughout his professional basketball career, he had fun with his response.
“I’m who’s idol?” Ingles asked. “… He…