Paolo Banchero linked up with Isaiah Thomas at Mariners game

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Orlando Magic rookie Paolo Banchero on Friday threw out the ceremonial first pitch for his hometown Seattle Mariners as they hosted the Los Angeles Angels.

Panchero was on hand for the festivities as the two teams opened up a weekend series at T-Mobile Park. He has been back in the Pacific Northwest and even recently participated in the annual CrawsOver Pro-Am, in which he dropped 50 points.

The No. 1 pick took the mound to a loud ovation from the crowd as they welcomed him back with open arms. Banchero took a few moments to gather himself and then delivered a strike to Paul Sewald.

After throwing out the first pitch, Banchero linked up with Washington native Isaiah Thomas. The two were treated to an exciting game, but the Mariners ultimately fell in 10 innings after scoring three runs late to tie the game and force extras.

Banchero and Thomas have a longstanding friendship after playing in several of the same events in Seattle over the years. Banchero is scheduled to participate in Thomas’ seventh annual “Zeke-End” pro-am tournament on Saturday in Tacoma.

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Story originally appeared on Rookie Wire