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How Victor Wembanyama copes with pressure

The rookie shared his passion for reading, allowing him to escape from the day-to-day life of an NBA Star.

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It’s no secret that being one of the most famous basketball players in the world comes with a lot of pressure and responsibilities. Victor Wembanyama has experienced this kind of life for a long time, despite being only 20 years old. Following Wednesday’s game in Boston, the rookie was asked how it felt to be treated like a “rockstar” every day, receiving so much attention before, during, and after games.

Wemby went on to share that he doesn’t care about that attention and it doesn’t affect him much, claiming that he’s built for this. Part of the reason why he’s comfortable with all this attention has to do with his coping mechanism allowing him to escape from the constant day-to-day pressure. He uses reading as his main outlet to escape reality, with his favorite author being Brandon Sanderson.

In this compelling article, the rookie and the writer share tidbits on how they’ve impacted each other’s lives in completely different ways. The author is thrilled to see that Wemby is breaking the division between either being an athlete or an avid reader. On the other hand, Wemby uses Sanderson’s books to escape and fuel him. Before the Spurs’ January 10th game, the rookie made sure to read the ending of the book Words of Radiance to pump himself up. “I had to stop because I wanted to save it for game day.”

Turns out the strategy worked, recording his first triple-double versus the Pistons. Overall, Wemby has been impressive on and off the court, and learning more about his passion for reading is making him even more unique and intriguing.


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