Shortly After Steve Kerr’s Jibe at Gregg Popovich, Rookie Victor Wembayama’s Urges to Bring Back Spurs’ Glory Days

Published 10/21/2023, 3:47 PM EDT

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The 2022-23 NBA season was one of the most entertaining seasons in recent memory. From the Denver Nuggets clinching their first NBA title to the Miami Heat’s surprising playoffs run that culminated in an NBA finals berth. Another intriguing facet of the 2022-23 season was the race to the bottom for Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes. Wembanyama entered the league as one of the most highly anticipated NBA draft prospects since LeBron James in 2003.

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Victor Wembanyama has lived up to the expectations during his limited playing time in the NBA preseason. Victor came out and made a bold statement about his and Spurs’ future.

Wembanyama wants to bring back the glory days

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Fans of San Antonio Spurs have witnessed some scintillating basketball being played. This led to multiple NBA titles, but in the past five to six years they have found themselves on the wrong side of the table. This led to the Spurs winning the sweepstakes for French phenom Victor Wembanyama.

With Victor, the future looks really bright as the Spurs look to build a title-contending team around Wembanyama. Victor couldn’t have asked for a more suitable team to be drafted into. The Spurs have a history of developing skilled big men such as Tim Duncan and David Robinson into NBA legends.

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In a recent interview with ESPN’s Malika Andrews, Wembanyama laid out his plans for his first season and his subsequent future. When asked about his title aspirations with the Spurs, Victor said, “Everyone wants it, for sure. But Spurs, they know how to do it. They have done it in the past multiple times and they are going to do it again. I just want it of course as quick as possible, but it’s going to come. Someday it’s gonna come, for sure”. 

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Wembanyama has performed well in the NBA preseason, in a game against the 4x NBA champions Warriors, Victor scored 19 points in twenty-one minutes. Steve Kerr even remarked that Wembanyama’s arrival had “rejuvenated” Gregg Popovich and the Spurs franchise. With Wembanyama’s arrival, the Spurs are poised for a potential renaissance, as San Antonio faithful seek to rekindle past glories.

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Spurs’ Glory Days

The Spurs under the leadership of Gregg Popovich and anchored by the legendary Tim Duncan, enjoyed a glorious era of sustained success from the late 1990s to the mid-2010s. This period, often referred to as the “Spurs Dynasty”, saw the team clinch five NBA championships in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014. Unselfish ball movement, suffocating defense, and a culture of excellence were the hallmarks of this legendary Spurs team.

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The “Big Three” of Duncan, Manu Ginóbili, and Tony Parker epitomized consistency and teamwork. The Spurs’ dominance left an indelible mark on the NBA. By showcasing continuity and dedication to fundamental basketball, they became one of the greatest franchises in NBA history.

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Dushyant Singh

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Dushyant Singh is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. His basketball script journey began in 2020 when he was captivated by the Los Angeles Lakers’ triumphant NBA championship win. Before that he was merely dribbling and dunking as a boy next door.
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