Wembanyama on playing in the Olympic Games: “A lifelong dream”

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Nearing the end of his first campaign in the NBA, Victor Wembanyama is looking forward to represent France in the Olympic Games

By Johnny Askounis/ info@eurohoops.net

Out of a disappointing losing effort on the penultimate installment of NBA Sundays in the 2023-24 Regular Season, Victor Wembanyama revisited the exciting opportunity of playing for France in the 2024 Olympic Games.

“I am really expecting anything,” he talked about potentially being labeled as the central figure of the basketball tournament in Paris this summer.

“We are representing the home country. It is going to be a very big deal,” added Wemby, “I can’t wait. This is really a dream for me, to be in the Olympics. A lifelong dream. Like everything, I want to make the most out of it.”

“When I was a kid when I just started basketball, I always told my parents that I wanted to be in Rio in 2016 with the basketball team,” he recalled, “I am a little bit late. But it is all good.”

Wembanyama, 20, registered a 33-point, 18-rebound double-double to go with seven blocks and six assists in a double-overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in Frost Bank Center on Sunday. Lasting 43 minutes marked a new career-high.

A leading candidate for the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, the French prodigy is up to 21.3 points per contest over 69 appearances, all starts under the guidance of Gregg Popovich.

Sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference table behind a 19-59 record, the Spurs have four contests left, including back-to-back on the road against the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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