Insider reveals how Spurs are setting a 'new standard' for the NBA once again

2023 NBA Summer League - Washington Wizards v San Antonio Spurs
2023 NBA Summer League - Washington Wizards v San Antonio Spurs / Allen Berezovsky/GettyImages

The San Antonio Spurs have long been the gold standard the rest of the league has tried to emulate, and the organization is back in the national media spotlight for the first time in what feels like forever after selecting Victor Wembanyama with the number one overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. Though the teenage sensation has Gregg Popovich and company under the microscope, it seems they were more than prepared to handle his highly-anticipated arrival.

During the latest episode of Brian Windhorst and the Hoop Collective, the titular host of the popular podcast took a minute to laud over the Spurs' brand-new training facility that is set to officially open for business next month. The Rock at La Cantera will be home to a human performance center, a 22-acre public park, and practice courts for the team, which is why it is no surprise that Windhorst went on to claim San Antonio is once again raising the bar for the NBA.

With more and more professional sports franchises establishing campuses to accommodate players, staff, and fans, it makes sense the Spurs are pushing the envelope to outpace their competitors. This community hub was in the works well before San Antonio won the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes. While it is a coincidence that it will be ready meet his every need as he gears up for his rookie season, it also shows how prepared the Silver and Black for whatever was ahead.

Standing 7-foot-3 and weighing 225 pounds, Wembanyama has a unique build that requires a special stretching routine to maintain. The Spurs have already taken measures to ensure the French phenom feels as comfortable as possible, even adding his personal trainer Guillaume Alquier to their staff. The front office is handling their generational prospect with the utmost care, and having a state-of-the-art medical facility and a pristine training center will only help their cause.

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