Wembanyama endears himself to Spurs fans by embracing the culture of San Antonio

Victor Wembanyama has been saying all the right things since the San Antonio Spurs selected him with the first pick in the 2023 NBA Draft and made him the face of their franchise, winning brownie points with the fan base ahead of his official debut. . club The teenage phenom actively avoided the media after a brief stint in the Las Vegas Summer League.

   But as the season approaches, he’s made a lot of public outings, and it’s nearly impossible not to notice his massive 7-foot frame as he walks across a 2-1-0 frame. The silver and black are no strangers to foreign players who truly appreciate San Antonio’s rich culture and history, and it looks like the organization can add Wembanya to that list after he and his young teammates toured the city like Manu Ginobili. their guide. My barber saw Manu and Wemby at the outdoor basketball court under I-35 downtown, playing ping pong and doing tricks with freeway poles.

   Wemby took a trip to the historic San Jose Mission, visited the Ruby City Center for Contemporary Art to see amazing work by local artists, and stopped at The Pass, a brand new family recreation area under I-35 near downtown San Antonio. of ping-pong and some tricks. The rookie sensation continued to explore the Alamo City, finding time to play NFL football with Spurs fans at Southtown 101 Bar and Grill before stepping outside to pose in front of nearby murals.

   He even met artists who painted his likeness all over the Arena area. No trip around San Antonio is complete without some delicious Mexican food from a mom-and-pop restaurant, and Wembanyama made a stop at Tacos Al Carbón Cabrón for a quick bite.

   His massive hands fell short of normal portions, but his face told us all we needed to know about this meal. It was incredible to see how Victor Wembanya embraced the art, dining, culture, people and history that define San Antonio.

   While some players tolerate the city they play in until the season hits, the towering Frenchman has made South Texas his home.

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