NBA: Wembanyama concentrating on Spurs playoff berth in debut season


French basketball prodigy Victor Wembanyama says he hopes to guide the San Antonio Spurs again to the NBA playoffs as he prepares for his first season within the league.

Wembanyama, thought to be a generational expertise who was chosen by the Spurs in June with the No.1 decide within the NBA Draft, is dreaming of creating an immediate affect at his new membership.

Requested what his aim can be for his first season in Texas, the 19-year-old replied: “To qualify for the playoffs.”

San Antonio final performed within the postseason within the 2018-2019 marketing campaign, dropping within the first spherical to the Denver Nuggets.

However the arrival of Wembanyama has despatched expectations skyrocketing amongst the San Antonio fanbase, with the gifted teenager anticipated to spark a swift reversal within the franchise’s fortunes.

Wembanyama, who was talking to journalists on Monday throughout a web-based press convention to preview the documentary “Un1que” on the Canal+ French community, stated he feels no strain regardless of the hype that has surrounded his arrival within the NBA.

“I don’t really feel any strain. These are phases which can be a part of the lifetime of a basketball participant,” he stated.

“When you’ve such excessive objectives it’s regular that there’s a lot consideration, questions, invasive individuals.”

Whereas Wembanyama is hoping for a swift return to the playoffs, he stated he’s ready to be affected person to realize his long-term dream of successful an NBA championship.

“For the longer term, the perfect factor isn’t figuring out what awaits us,” he stated. “It’s very exhausting to win a (championship) ring. However I’m affected person, I do know it would occur at one level or one other.”

Wembanyama is anticipated to make his common season debut for San Antonio on October 25 when the Spurs host the Dallas Mavericks in its first recreation of the 2023-2024 marketing campaign.



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