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Victor Wembanyama on LeBron James’ ‘Alien’ Reward: ‘I am Actually Glad He Mentioned That’

Erin WalshFebruary 21, 2023JULIEN DE ROSA/AFP via Getty ImagesLos Angeles Lakers star LeBron James previously called Victor Wembanyama an “alien” because he’s nothing like we’ve ever seen before.”Everybody’s been a unicorn over the last few years. Well, he’s more like an alien,” James said in October. “I’ve never seen, no one’s ever seen anyone as

Victor Wembanyama on LeBron James’ ‘Alien’ Reward: ‘I am Actually Glad He Mentioned That’

Erin WalshFebruary 21, 2023

Metropolitan 92's player Victor Wembanyama reacts during the French Elite basketball match between Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 and JDA Dijon at the Palais des Sports Marcel-Cerdan in Levallois-Perret, near Paris, on February 10, 2023. (Photo by JULIEN DE ROSA / AFP) (Photo by JULIEN DE ROSA/AFP via Getty Images)

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James beforehand referred to as Victor Wembanyama an “alien” as a result of he is nothing like we have ever seen earlier than.

“All people’s been a unicorn over the previous few years. Effectively, he is extra like an alien,” James said in October. “I’ve by no means seen, nobody’s ever seen anybody as tall as he’s, however it’s fluid and as sleek as on the ground.”

Now the presumptive No. 1 total decide within the 2023 NBA draft is talking up about why he prefers to be referred to as an “alien” as an alternative of a unicorn.

“Initially, I am actually glad he stated that as a result of I did not wish to be referred to as a unicorn,” Wembanyama stated, per Sports activities Illustrated‘s Andy Nesbitt. “I prefer it as a result of it is simply one thing not from this world. I like being referred to as an alien, yeah. It is actually what I am working to be—one thing distinctive and authentic.”

Wembanyama, who’s taking part in for the Metropolitans 92 in France’s prime skilled basketball league, is averaging 22.2 factors, 9.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and three.1 blocks in 21 video games whereas taking pictures 47.2 p.c from the ground and 28.9 p.c from deep.

The 19-year-old showcased his abilities in america for the primary time in October when the Metropolitans 92 took on the G League Ignite in a Las Vegas showcase. He totaled 73 factors, 15 rebounds, 4 assists, two steals and 9 blocks throughout two video games.

Contemplating the 2023 draft remains to be a methods away, NBA followers will proceed to look at Wembanyama carefully till June.

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