I too can't stop thinking about Wembymania
Are casuals interested in him? Or is the hype just the novelty of a big man with guard like skills that will wear off?
I honestly don’t see this persisting — if it even exists outside of core NBA fans. The phenomenon of Steph Curry is the opposite of Wembanyama, he’s a ‘normal’ looking guy that is slaying the Goliaths. Curry weaving through big men and shooting over taller guards can draw interest from normies throughout his entire career.
But you do raise the issue of lack of next Gen stars the NBA has to sell to media distributors. The Euros haven’t really been embraced by the Americans and American players seem unlikeable/entitled. Gone are the hopes of Zion and Ja Morant being the faces of the league. It reeked of league desperation last year when they tried to make Jordan Poole a star. Silver has a big problem with this cast.
I’m sorry, I know that physical care has improved, Durant has been pretty lucky, but I still worry about guys with this body type staying on the court. Hoping for the best, he’s a lot of fun.
I'll tell ya something - tonight the rest of the NBA is looking into a dark mirror.
Wemby is light years far ahead of what anyone expected offensively, but more than that, MENTALLY. And he's still 19. It took him 5 games in the NBA to get to the point where he dropped 38 on a good team, and outplayed Kevin Durant in the 4th quarter of a close game. He sank pressure free throws. He calmly got to his spot and nailed a one dribble pullup 3 going left. What will he be in 40 games? In 80 games? In 3 seasons? The NBA is quietly shitting itself tonight.
The poise and complete invincibility to pressure is the thing I'm most surprised and impressed by. Most rooks do the opposite, play well Q1-3 then shrink a bit in Q4. Check out games 1, 2, and 4 of the season to see how he went from a lost kid early in the game to an assassin in the 4th. He seems like he only focused when the game was on the line. Then in game 5 he put together a complete game.
He's 15-19 in the 4th so far btw. But it's not just that - he passes better, rim runs more, rebounds harder and defends more cleverly. He eats pressure for breakfast, it is his lifeblood. Great signs for a dominant career. Only injury will slow him down.
One other thing - he is a very thoughtful kid, very intelligent, and seems to have a broader perspective than just basketball. And he is charismatic. I see him as a global icon by the age of 25. I think his reach will extend far beyond basketball.
This too, shall pass
What happens when an arena sells out in anticipation of seeing Wembanyama, and Pop has him 'load managing'?
Wemby seems like a great talent and an even better person.
That said, he has no charisma from the perspective of American zoomers. Zero teenage boys will be learning/imitating his moves or spending their parents’ last dollars on his shoes.
If I were Adam Silver, I’d be looking for a David to be his rival.
He strikes me as someone who could walk away in the middle of a successful career because basketball no longer serves his purpose.
Ethan- Can you explain how Zion was allowed to miss last night’s game for “rest?” He was an All Star last season and I thought the rules prohibited this for this category of players. Not to mention the fact that he’s only played in four games so far this season.
Wemby is basically Shaq combined with Kobe but he shoots 3s. The hype is real.
Is this a subtle Israel / Palestine reference?
Slenderman is going as Wembanyama next Halloween
Never watched the video stream of JJ's podcast. Is he always that glassy eyed?
I really wanted someone to question that it was really him dressed up as Slender Man. Why was it not some other 7'5" dude coming to the Spurs game?
Reminds me of a more extroverted, media friendly Tim Duncan (who really had to be seen to be believed. Even towards the end of his career he was an athletic freak). Duncan is insanely smart and quick, he’s just a lot quieter.