At Stephen A. Smith has little interest to do anytime he meets Victor Wimpanyama – and he knows it.
The ESPN commentator and the #1 pick in the 2023 NBA draft went viral after photos captured the massive height difference between them Thursday night.
Smith even joined in the fun, tweeting a photo of him and Wembanyama next to a photo of Earl Boykins standing next to Yao Ming.
Boykins, a 5-foot-5 guard who played in the NBA for 13 seasons, is dwarfed by a 7-foot-6 center, in a similar way to the way Smith looks like a kid next to Wimpanyama.
The height difference between Smith and Wimpanyama just underscores how big the newer San Antonio Sports are — Smith is 6-foot-1 and Wimpanyama is 7-foot-4, so fans get an early sense of how much the French center towers. on his opponents.
Mpaniyama is expected to make an immediate impact in the NBA.
In a quick phone call with Tottenham coach Gregg Popovich after his selection Thursday night, he couldn’t hide his excitement, saying, “I can’t wait.”
“I’m ready to learn, man, I’m ready to learn,” Wimpanyama told Popovic.
Smith previously posted a video on Twitter saying he was ready to stop hearing about Wembanyama and watch him play basketball.
“I’ve seen this guy fight the NBA,” he said. He saidafter listing concerns about Wimpanyama’s skinny frame at its peak.
The French big man is coming off a remarkable season with the Metropolitans 92 LNB Pro A team, averaging 21.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and three blocks per game.
With Wembanyama’s hype growing and anticipation of his debut growing, it’s safe to say that Smith won’t be his last when he’s in the NBA.