Due to right hip discomfort, Victor Wembanyama will not be participating in San Antonio’s game against New Orleans on Friday. This is the first time that the highly anticipated rookie will be unable to participate in a game this season.
Averaging 19.3 points and 9.7 rebounds through the first 18 games of the season for San Antonio, which entered Friday with a record of 3-15, the player who was selected first overall in the 2023 draught was already averaging those numbers.
In spite of the hip injury, Wembanyama participated in San Antonio’s game against Atlanta on Thursday, when they were defeated 137-135. He finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocked shots in 29 minutes of play.
In the aftermath of that game, Wembanyama stated, “My hip feels good.” There are a lot of games left in this season, and my body, in general, is feeling as good as we can expect it to feel going forward. Yes, we are holding up. Enjoy yourself.
In the first 18 games of the season, Wembanyama was one of three Spurs players who started each of those games. In addition to having already participated in both ends of two consecutive games, he has averaged thirty minutes of playing time each game, which is the second-most on the squad.
Gregg Popovich, the coach of the Spurs, stated after Thursday’s game that it was possible that Wembanyama would not participate in the second half of this back-to-back due to the hip injury.
On Thursday, Popovich stated, “We are attempting to protect him against harm.”
Wembanyama will receive at least a week’s worth of relaxation if he is not required to play in the game that is scheduled for Friday. As a result of the break that is provided by the elimination round that begins on Monday in the In-Season Tournament, the earliest that Wembanyama would play again would be on Wednesday where he would be playing against Minnesota.
When Friday’s game began, San Antonio had a record of 3-2, but since then, they have a record of 0-13. With a record of 3-15, the Spurs started their season with the poorest 18-game record in team history. The only other time the Spurs started their season with a record like that was in 1996-97. During that season, Bob Hill served as the coach for all 18 games. However, Popovich, who was serving as the general manager at the time, fired Hill, and Popovich took over as coach. Hill has continued to serve in that capacity ever since.
As of Friday, the squad’s losing run of thirteen games is tied for the second-longest in the history of the team. From the 20th of January to the 25th of February of the previous season, the Spurs ended up losing 16 games in a row. The Spurs were awarded the opportunity to draught Wembanyama, a French teenager who stands 7 feet, 3 1/2 inches tall, after the franchise won the NBA draught lottery. The squad concluded with a record of 22-60, and the Spurs ended up winning the lottery. In fact, he won’t be 20 until January 4th.