Looking toward the next time Spurs fans will see Wembanyama after season

The San Antonio Spurs have announced Victor Wembanyama will be out of the lineup for the season finale against the Detroit Pistons so when will fans see him next?
Victor Wembanyama
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The San Antonio Spurs have made their decision on Victor Wembanyama's availability for Sunday's final game against the lowly Detroit Pistons. He'll be out. Coach Pop was clear about his desire to hold Victor out for the last contest of the season. There is no point in playing him because of the ankle injury he suffered a couple of weeks ago. Had that not happened, there might be more pushback but there's reason to be happy about the way things are ending.

In Victor's final game, he led the Spurs in a 23-point comeback effort against the defending champion, the Denver Nuggets, in a game that was important for Nikola Jokic and his team. They were playing for the number one seed, needing that game to solidify their place on top of the standings but Wembanyama and the crew had other plans.

It's a great way to send off the guys after a trying season. Hopefully, they get a chance to rest as much as possible and train hard to come back better than before. In the meantime, fans won't have to wait until October to see their new favorite Frenchman again.

Spurs fans will have to choose between rooting for Team USA and France

Wembanyama has been clear since last summer about his intentions to play for Team France in the Summer Olympics. If he would have been hurt in the last game of the season, he would have spent time rehabbing before trying to make himself available for the summer games. Instead, he is allowed an opportunity to rest after a long season.

Spurs fans are no strangers to the team's players joining their home teams in the NBA offseason. It comes with the territory when you are at the forefront of global inclusion. The main concern is balance throughout Wembanyama's career. He will need to balance his understandable desire to represent his country with giving his body time to recover, especially when San Antonio begins making the postseason again, which shouldn't be too long from now.