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“Kid’s the Main Character”: 7’4 Victor Wembanyama Gets an Open Challenge and NBA Fans Love It

Published 06/28/2023, 9:30 AM EDT

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The recent NBA draft has put Victor Wembanyama under the spotlight. Considered the greatest NBA prospect since LeBron James, Wembanyama is all set to make his debut this season as a San Antonio Spurs rookie. While comparisons are natural, he has maintained a level head so far and doesn’t seem to be affected by all the noise around him. To add to his rising stock, the 7’4 star recently got an open challenge from a toddler, which left fans in awe of the French sensation.

The 19-year-old giant was the first overall pick in this year’s draft. The 2023 NBA draft is expected to go down in history as the Wembanyama draft.

Victor Wembanyama accepts an open challenge

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The excitement around Wembanyama was palpable. Despite the Draft being on June 22, the 19-year-old’s destination was pretty-much sealed after the lottery on May 17. He was the obvious first pick in this year’s draft, although the class consisted of some great wings. However, he left a young fan with an ever-lasting memory.

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During the NBA Draft week in Ney York, Wembanyama conversed with a young fan who claimed that he “can slam dunk over somebody…and it’s you.” The 7’4 tall star couldn’t help but smile at the child’s ambitious challenge. To this, Wemby endearingly replied, “Alright, I’ll see you in the NBA.”

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Fans were losing their minds over Wembanyama’s humility. They couldn’t help but adore this conversation, as the most wanted player in the history of the NBA accepted a toddler’s challenge. Wemby hyping up the kid with, “You want to do a slam dunk contest?” was too cute to miss. 

The comment section is off the hook

Wemby’s fans went berserk in the comments section. Some fans, like Wemby, were rooting for the kid. One of them said, “20 years from now, this kid is gonna do it on an Old Wemby,” while another affirmed, “It would be legendary if the kid goes to the NBA.”

Watch this story: How Much Will Victor Wembanyama Earn During His Rookie NBA Season at San Antonio Spurs?

Some even tweeted that the “Kid is the main character” and that we need to look out for him as he “becomes a storyline in the next decade.”

Some die-hard fans chose to defend the upcoming NBA star. Another fan tweeted, “I’m sorry but Wembys easily blocking him.” And another one chimed in, “That kid is not making it to the NBA.”

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Some of the creative Wemby-fans out there came forward with hilarious memes. These memes assumed that Wemby was actually angry at the kid for making such a comment.

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Fans were on the edge of their seats, waiting for Wemby’s debut NBA game.  The tallest active NBA player is expected to break some iconic records in his rookie year itself. Until we get to see Wemby on the court, let’s just keep replaying this adorable video of him hyping up this young fan. 

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Prachi Bhandutia

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Prachi is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. After playing basketball throughout high-school, she got a real taste of the sizzling NBA action after moving to the University of Hartford for BA in Creative Writing. Living in Connecticut, she got exposed to the cross-town rivalry between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets.
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Pragya Vashisth