Victor Wembanyama has attracted a national media circus from the moment he arrived stateside for the NBA Draft. And that nonstop attention has followed the towering teenager as he journeys across the country for his first career road matchups against big-market franchises with playoff aspirations. Reporters have flooded his press conferences to find front-page quotes, and those same journalists have hounded their local cagers for soundbites on facing the number one overall pick.
Most players have been quick to shower Wembanyama with praise for his remarkable combination of size and skill, with superstars like Luka Doncic acknowledging how dominant the French phenom has been at the start of his maiden voyage in the league. Living legends, retired Hall of Famers, and iconic head coaches have joined in on the fanfare around the rookie. But Mitchell Robinson had no patience for the countless questions about his upcoming head-to-head with the talented rookie.
When asked about his plans to manage Wembanyama, the New York Knicks center played things off, comparing him to a hybrid between Kristaps Porzingis and Bol Bol. As queries continued concerning his ability to coop a perimeter-oriented big man, Robinson rolled his eyes, deflected the subject, and offered curt answers in an irritated tone that did little to hide his scorn for the spotlight the collective basketball community has already placed on Victor.
Despite his undeniable disdain for the Wembanyama hype train, Robinson could be in for a long night if the generational youngster adds another outstanding performance to his resumé. Madison Square Garden loves the Knicks, but the arena has a track record of switching allegiances when an opposing player gets on a roll. And if the extraterrestrial starlet knocks down a handful of mind-boggling shots for the San Antonio Spurs, you can kiss that home-court advantage goodbye.