San Antonio Spurs rookie Victor Wembanyama turned in a strong performance in his second NBA Summer League game on Sunday night, dropping 27 points in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
The first pick this year in the NBA Draft added 12 rebounds, but the Spurs lost the matchup 85-80. It was a fine comeback for the French phenom after finishing in single digits in his first appearance.
«I was getting going,» he said.
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«I wish we would have won the match. I think I could have done more… I have to keep learning.»
Wembanyama was 9 of 14 from the floor and 7 of 12 from the free throw line. He was just 2-of-13 from the field in the Spurs’ summer opener win over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.
«It is normal to improve every game,» he added.
Sure, there’s a little more pressure on the 19-year-old big man than there is on regular rookies.
Wembanyama came under the national spotlight last week when its security team appeared to have an incident with pop sensation Britney Spears. The issue escalated into a war of words between Spears and the security team with the singer demanding an apology.
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In an Instagram post on Friday night, she continued to throw shades at the security guard, saying her reaction was «a scream on every level.»
Spears initially accused a member of the No. 1 pick’s security team of backhanding her in the face when she approached him for a photo Wednesday night.
According to an incident report obtained by Fox News Digital, a person inside Spears’ camp told police that the security guard «hit» her «in the face with a clenched fist.» The person also noted that after they sat down for dinner, the security guard came over to apologize.
However, the incident report also noted that security footage showed the security guard pushing «Spears’ hand away from the player without looking, causing Britney’s hand to slam into her face.»
Wembanyama told reporters earlier that he did not know Spears was the person involved in the incident and that he remembered being grabbed from behind before his security guard «pushed» her.
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“I didn’t see what happened because I was walking straight and I didn’t stop. That person grabbed me from behind, not by the shoulder. He grabbed me from behind,” she said. «I only know that security pushed her. I don’t know how hard, but security pushed her. I didn’t stop to look, so I was able to go inside and have a nice dinner.»
Joe Morgan of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.