Former Spurs legend Tony Parker is delighted with the arrival of Victor Wembanyama to San Antonio next season.
And it was San Antonio who hit the jackpot! The Spurs won the Lottery Draft overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, and will thus choose first in the next NBA Draft in June. In other words, it is the Texas franchise that will recover Victor Wembanyama, the French prodigy who panics the United States.
Wembanyama will follow in the footsteps of David Robinson and Tim Duncan, the two previous No. 1 picks by Spurs. But how not to mention the filiation with Tony Parker, the greatest French player in history, who played for 17 years in San Antonio.
“I feel like it was his destiny, reacted TP about Wembanyama, with France 3 Lyon. I’m so happy for history, for Victor, for the city, for Spurs. They have been preparing for two years by making transfers to improve their position and put themselves in a position to choose first. I think it’s a good club for him. He will really improve there. In San Antonio, he will be in a very, very good environment, with Pop (Gregg Popovich, coach). I know he can only explode with Spurs. There’s a winning culture there, which will be great for him. »
“I’m happy for Popovich”
Parker won four NBA titles under Popovich, with whom he remained very close. Together, they have already discussed the Wembanyama case. “I had him this morning on the phone: he was happy. He asked me a lot of questions about Victor. I’m happy for Pop, for his end of career. He is one of the best coaches in NBA history, a Hall of Famer. He will only progress with him. »
Even if Wembanyama prematurely left Asvel, the club of Tony Parker, to join Boulogne-Levallois last summer, the former playmaker of the Blues wishes only the best to the new prodigy of French basketball. “I hope he stays healthy.added Parker. This is the most important for him. If he stays, he has the potential to make a career like Tim Duncan. I hope he will be as successful as my generation. »