San Antonio Spurs rookie Victor Wembanyama had a breakout performance in his second NBA Summer League game Sunday night, dropping 27 points in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
This year’s top pick in the NBA Draft added 12 rebounds, but the Spurs lost the matchup 85-80. It was a good bounce back from the French phenom after ending up in single digits in his first appearance.
“I was just getting going,” he said.
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“I wish we would have won the game. I think I could have done more. … Have to keep learning.”
Wembanyama was 9-of-14 from the floor and 7-of-12 from the free-throw line. He was only 2-of-13 from the field in the Spurs’ summer-opening win over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.
“It’s normal to get better every game,” he added.
Sure, there is a little bit more pressure on the 19-year-old big man than just the regular rookies.
Wembanyama was thrust into the national spotlight last week when his security team appeared to have an incident with pop sensation Britney Spears. The issue developed 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 shade at the security guard and says her reaction was “a cry out on all levels.”
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 picture Wednesday night.
According to an incident report obtained by Fox News Digital, a person within Spears’ camp told police she was “backhanded” by the security guard “in the face with a closed fist.” The person also noted that, after they were seated 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 off of the player without looking which causes Britney’s hand to hit herself in the face.”
Wembanyama told reporters earlier that he was unaware that Spears was the person involved in the incident and that he recalled being grabbed from behind before his security guard “pushed her away.”
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“I didn’t see what happened because I was walking straight and didn’t stop. That person grabbed me from behind — not on my shoulder. She grabbed me from behind,” he said. “I just know the security pushed her away. I don’t know with how much force, but security pushed her away. I didn’t stop to look, so I could walk in and enjoy a nice dinner.”
Fox News’ Joe Morgan and The Associated Press contributed to this report.