Technical support issues
Chet Holmgren (21) mentioned Victor Wembanyama (19, France), a competitor for the rookie of the year 2023-24.
The Oklahoma City Thunder, which includes Holmgren, won the NBA 2023-24 preseason game on the 10th by 122-121 points against the San Antonio Spurs.
Homigren played 16 minutes and 16 seconds, recording 21 points, nine rebounds, and field goal success rate of 70% (7/10) and three points success rate of 100% (2/2), and Wembanyama also played 19 minutes and 22 seconds, showing brilliant performance with 20 points, five rebounds, and two steals, 61.5% (8/13) and a three-point success rate of 40% (2/5).
Throughout the game, the two often clashed as if they were conscious of Rivalry. In particular, even after the game, the two mentioned each other and burned the competition in good faith.
At the time of the first quarter, Holmgren fouled Wembanyama, who was hitting the inside of the paint zone, and gave up an end-one. In response, Holmgren wrote on his personal SNS X (formerly Twitter) that "the bumping is an unstoppable movement," and that Wembanyama may have found a special technology.
Wembanyama also expressed excitement in an interview after the game, saying, "Homegren hurt us in the first half," but added, "I know it's only a pre-season game, but the game against Oklahoma City is interesting."
Meanwhile, Holmgren tried to increase his weight to compensate for his skinny body, which had been pointed out as a weakness during the year he was knocked out by an injury.
At the same time, Holmgren, who is 7 feet 1 inches (216 centimeters), is not out of balance in switch defense, rim protection and three-point shooting. He even took the decision by showing a skill superiority over Wembanyama. Wembanyama, who is 7 feet 4 inches (224 centimeters) and has a similar body shape to Holmgren, has also shown destructive appearances several times.
However, it was clear that Wembanyama was still a player to refine considering the occasional turnovers and dribbling mistakes. They also have to deal with big men like Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns and Domantas Sabonis. It will also be interesting to see how the two players, famous for their chopstick body shape, will develop to survive in the NBA.
Thursday, October 12, 2023