It's the Iceman meets the Admiral with a sprinkle of Tim Duncan, only he has a smooth fadeaway jumper, three-point accuracy like Sean Elliott, and happens to be French. Sounds like a fairy tale doesn't it? Sure does Spurs fans, and he even comes with a catchy nickname to boot.
Welcome to the NBA, Wemby.
By now, unless you live on another planet, you have heard the news. A generational talent is coming to play basketball for the Silver and Black, and his name is Victor Wembanyma. As you can imagine, Spurs nation is ecstatic. You see, in this basketball crazed community called San Antonio, the Spurs are family.
While there is no doubt the Alamo City will welcome the youngster with open arms just as they did another baby-faced Frenchman twenty years ago, there is no guarantee Wemby will join the likes of Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, David Robinson, and Tim Duncan on the Mount Rushmore of San Antonio sports.
What Wembanyama can learn from the Spurs legends who came before him goes beyond seeking mentorship to enhance his incredible skillset on the court. These iconic players have historically been pillars of the community, connecting with San Antonians in a unique way that often results in murals and, in some cases, tattoos. I once met an older gentleman with a dog named Manu. It’s that serious.
What will it take for Victor to reach these heights and one day live forever in Spurs lore? Luckily, there are resources available to help him solve that riddle, with a handful of franchise legends who are more than willing to lend words of wisdom to the teenager. Think of it as keeping it in the family, so to speak.