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‘By no means seen something like him’

‘By no means seen something like him’


Final summer time, the San Antonio Spurs drafted one of the crucial thrilling prospects in latest historical past — Victor Wembanyama. 

The rookie has already created some spotlight reel-worthy performs this season, and he added some jaw-dropping moments to his resume throughout Thursday’s sport towards the Milwaukee Bucks. 

The sport additionally marked the French phenom’s first matchup with two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks celebrity completed the excessive anticipated first assembly with 44 factors and 14 rebounds, whereas the Spurs rookie had 27 factors and 9 rebounds.

After the sport, Antetokounmpo praised Wembanyama’s distinctive talent set. “He is particular,” Antetokounmpo mentioned. “He will be a particularly good participant. He performs the proper manner. He performs to win. I’ve by no means seen something like him.”

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Milwaukee Bucks ahead Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) loses management of the ball whereas driving to the basket towards San Antonio Spurs ahead Victor Wembanyama (1) throughout the first half at Frost Financial institution Heart. (Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports activities)

Wembanyama, who additionally celebrated his twentieth birthday on Thursday, mentioned he grew up admiring Antetokounmpo’s sport. He mentioned taking part in towards somebody of Antetokounmpo’s caliber fuels his motivation. 

“It is at all times additional motivation, and I do know I am a competitor,” Wembanyama mentioned. “So I wish to go at everybody and be the dangerous man on the court docket. So it was an excellent matchup.”

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The Spurs solely managed to win 22 video games throughout the 2022-23 NBA season and landed the highest choose within the draft. Regardless of Wembanyama’s spectacular play, San Antonio’s woes have carried over into this season. Thursday’s 125-121 loss to the Bucks dropped the Spurs document to 5-29. 

Just one staff, the Detroit Pistons, has received fewer video games up to now this season. The Pistons lately snapped a document 28-game shedding streak. 

Bucks star Damian Lillard additionally delivered a robust efficiency, scoring 25 factors and committing zero turnovers.

Victor Wembanyama blocks a shot

Victor Wembanyama, #1 of the San Antonio Spurs, blocks a shot throughout the sport towards the Milwaukee Bucks on January 4, 2024, on the Frost Financial institution Heart in San Antonio, Texas. (Michael Gonzales/NBAE through Getty Pictures)

First-year Bucks coach Adrian Griffin mentioned the matchup between Antetokounmpo and Wembanyama was particular.

“Two of probably the most distinctive, proficient huge males,” Griffin mentioned. “I take advantage of that [big-man] loosely as a result of they’re very versatile gamers. Man, that was enjoyable. I assumed Wemby was nice. I assumed Giannis was phenomenal.”

Victor Wembanyama smiles before a game

Victor Wembanyama #1 of the San Antonio Spurs smiles earlier than the sport towards the Milwaukee Bucks on January 4, 2024, on the Frost Financial institution Heart in San Antonio, Texas. (Logan Riely/NBAE through Getty Pictures)

Three-time All-Star Khris Middleton additionally lauded the Spurs rookie for his fearlessness. 

“To be competing, not afraid of the second,” Middleton mentioned. “Not afraid of taking the shot and making a transfer or making a go or simply taking an opportunity in an in depth sport, particularly late within the sport. You’ll be able to inform that he isn’t afraid of the second. He loves the problem. That is going to be huge for him going ahead.”

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Wembanyama famous that the expertise of going up towards a championship-caliber staff may very well be useful for the Spurs going ahead.

“It is promising,” Wembanyama mentioned. “That is the very first thing [Spurs coach Gregg Popovich] advised us coming again within the locker room. We had some moments within the sport the place every part appeared to work. And I might really feel the group believing in us and getting going. A few of this was satisfying tonight.”

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Written by bourbiza mohamed

Bourbiza Mohamed is a freelance journalist and political science analyst holding a Master's degree in Political Science. Armed with a sharp pen and a discerning eye, Bourbiza Mohamed contributes to various renowned sites, delivering incisive insights on current political and social issues. His experience translates into thought-provoking articles that spur dialogue and reflection.

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