Thursday night marked an unexpected turn for Victor Wembanyama, delivering his least impressive performance of the season scoring 7 points and 4 rebounds in 22 minutes of play. Fortunately, there are more engaging topics to delve into on this Friday morning. Prior to their games in Chicago, a unique encounter unfolded between the top picks of the NHL and NBA. Connor Bedard and Victor Wembanyama crossed paths for the first time, creating an entertaining interaction between the two.
Connor Bedard x Victor Wembanyama— NHL (@NHL) December 21, 2023
No. 1s meet and greet. pic.twitter.com/kFKgGD7UXy
The remarkable disparity in height between these two rookies was comical: Victor towering at 7’4” compared to Connor’s 5’10”. Despite this contrast, they spent quality time together, taking shots at a net. In a video clip, Wembanyama’s hockey stick seemed to match, if not surpass, Bedard’s stature.
Beyond their evident size difference, both young athletes found common ground in their inaugural seasons. Wemby confessed to a lack of familiarity with hockey, admitting he hadn’t watched a complete game.
Despite his limited exposure to the sport, he shares the enthusiasm for the intensity, much like many of us. After all, it’s one of the few sports that permit such a physical aspect. Overall, this PR move showcasing the meeting between the two first-overall picks was a clever move. I’m all for more of these engaging encounters in the future.
Victor “Magic” Wembanyama made his presence felt! Despite a challenging night, the rookie showcased his impressive passing skills.
Following another loss, Coach Popovich expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to coach Wembanyama.
Pop reiterated it's a wonderful experience coaching Victor Wembanyama: "Fortunately for myself and my staff, he wants to be coached. He wants to be told, he wants to be critiqued. But then he also wants to know what's the approved solution."— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) December 22, 2023
More insights from Pop on the rookie:
Gregg Popovich with his most insightful answer on coaching Victor Wembanyama, responding to @SamSmithHoops in Chicago.— Nate Ryan (@nateryansports) December 22, 2023
Victor's rookie season is much different that Duncan & Robinson.
"He's not gonna get a lot of counsel from veteran leaders on what's going on on the court.."⬇️ pic.twitter.com/eX3rSgYIMq
The Chicago Bulls broadcast was notably critical of San Antonio’s offensive strategies, suggesting they weren’t utilizing Victor enough.