Texas Weather Attacks ‘Skinny’ Victor Wembanyama as Spurs Star Reveals Challenging “Immune System”

Published 02/04/2024, 8:36 AM EST

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The San Antonio Spurs have statistically been one of the worst teams of the 2023-24 season. They are currently rooted to the bottom of the Western Conference standings, with a 10-40 record. But, despite their lackluster performances, there is a sense of optimism and anticipation around the Spurs organization. The reason behind that is Victor Wembanyama. The 7’4” Frenchman has taken to the NBA’s physical style of play like a duck to water.

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However, what Wembanyama hasn’t seamlessly adapted to is the weather in Texas. After the Spurs succumbed to yet another defeat, this time to the Cleveland Cavaliers, a visibly under-the-weather Wembanyama gave a post-match interview in which he revealed that he had been dealing with illness for the past three days. He said, “It’s been like that for like three days. Usually, it leaves after one or two days, but I think my body is not this kind of effort. My immune system is also impacted. But I’m fine, though.”

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While the weather in Texas might contribute to Wembanyama’s health concerns, the toll of playing numerous games in a short timeframe is undoubtedly affecting his well-being. In the past week, the Spurs have played five games, and the effects of fatigue were evident as a weary Wembanyama pushed through, despite having minimal energy.

Against the Cavaliers, Wemby recorded 19 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 assists in 27 minutes of playing time. Despite Wembanyama’s best efforts, the Spurs eventually lost the game by a scoreline of 101-117. This loss extends the Spurs’ losing streak to four consecutive matches. With fellow OKC rookie Chet Holmgren securing victories almost on a daily basis, would Spurs’ lackluster performances come back to haunt Wembanyama’s ROTY prospects?

Will Victor Wembanyama win the ROTY award?

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The race for the Rookie of the Year award will go right down to the wire, with both Chet Holmgren and Victor Wembanyama performing at an elite level. Before the start of the season, Wemby was the clear favorite due to the immense hype surrounding the then-19-year-old Frenchman. However, Holmgren’s influential performances for the top-seeded OKC Thunder have balanced out the scales.

Holmgren is currently recording 16.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game this season. Meanwhile, Wembanyama has recorded 20.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game this season. Furthermore, Victor is also recording a league-high 3.1 blocks per game. The two 7-footers have made a significant impact in a short span of time in the NBA, and it’s anyone’s guess as to who would win the ROTY award.

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Who’s your pick for the ROTY award? Let us know in the comments below!

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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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