Over the weekend, the San Antonio Spurs hosted a press conference to unveil their latest additions to the team: Victor Wembanyama and Sidy Cissoko. Wembanyama, a talented basketball player from France, was selected as the top overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. This makes him the third player in Spurs’ history to receive this honor, following in the footsteps of Tim Duncan and David Robinson, both of whom were inducted into the Hall of Fame and have won multiple championships with the team.
During the introduction, Spurs General Manager Brian Wright introduced Wembanyama and Cissoko, after which Wembanyama discussed his experience being drafted, his activities during the past 72 hours, his plans for the upcoming schedule, as well as what he’s done since arriving in San Antonio. The event was attended by current Spurs players Keldon Johnson and Jeremy Sochan, who came to show their support.
Wembanyama expressed his enjoyment of the present moment in a recent media statement, noting how he has been welcomed warmly everywhere he goes. He added that his arrival had been hectic, leaving him with little time to do much besides enjoy some tacos and meet with the Spurs staff. However, the highlight of his visit so far has been having dinner with Spurs basketball legends Gregg Popovich, R.C. Buford, David Robinson, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili. Wembanyama found it comforting to spend time with such kind individuals who were happy to share their experiences with him. As a basketball player, Wembanyama is eager to learn from the best and continue improving his game while remaining true to himself. He hopes to rise to the level of the fans, who he believes are excellent at their job. Before heading to Portland to meet with Nike officials, Wembanyama plans to visit more places and get back to practicing and lifting weights before playing in both summer leagues. Overall, he is grateful for the opportunity and the role models he has encountered along the way.
Victor Wembanyama, a French basketball player, was selected as the first overall pick by the San Antonio Spurs during the NBA draft. NBA commissioner Adam Silver posed for a photo with him. The team also introduced Sidy Cissoko, another French player who played for G League Ignite last season. Cissoko believes he can be a valuable defensive player for the team, and his versatility on the court can be an asset. He has known Wembanyama since he was younger and is excited to play alongside him. Despite the Spurs’ recent lack of success in making the playoffs, Wembanyama hopes to lead the team back to postseason glory.