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Victor Wembanyama to Miss FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023

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Victor Wembanyama to Miss FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023

Victor Wembanyama made it known that he would not participate in the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, claiming that this was his final, albeit difficult, choice.

The upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 won’t include Victor Wembanyama, according to L’Equipe.

The 19-year-old claimed he made his own decision after speaking with his closest group of friends, the medical staff, and a number of French national team executives, according to the report.

“The Spurs would have supported me whatever my choice had been,” In order to dispel any speculation about pressure from his new team, Wembanyama told L’Equipe.

During the European Qualifiers for the FIBA Basketball World Cup last November, Wembanyama made his international debut for France.

Wembanyama participated in four matches for France, scoring 19.0 points, pulling down 8.3 rebounds, and scoring 22.5 EFF per contest.

“It would not be realistic in terms of development and not careful in terms of health,” About his choice to skip the FIBA World Cup, Wembanyama said. “I’m hoping people will get it. I find it to be annoying as well. I am still concentrating on the France team. I want to use it to win as many championships as I can. But in my opinion, making this sacrifice was necessary.”

Wembanyama was chosen as the No. 1 pick by the NBA Draft in 2023: San Antonio Spurs.

During his rookie season, the 19-year-old already expressed a desire to participate in every game.

Wembanyama participated in every game for Metropolitans 92 last season and made 34 French League appearances, scoring 21.6 points, grabbing 10.4 rebounds, dishing out 2.4 assists, and blocking 3.0 shots per contest.

In terms of scoring, rebounds, and blocks, Wembanyama was the league leader. He received the title of competition MVP.

In Jakarta, Indonesia, for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, France will compete in Group H against Canada, Latvia, and Lebanon.

If France makes it to the Second Round, it will face Iran, Spain, and Ivory Coast teams from Group G.

The Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia will serve as the first-ever hosts of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which will run from August 25 to September 10.

France’s FIBA World Cup Preparation Schedule

DateOpponentLocation
July 31stTunisiaPau, France
August 2ndMontenegroMontpellier, France
August 7thVenezuelaOrleans, France
August 9thLithuaniaOrleans, France
August 11thLithuaniaVilnius, Lithuania
August 17thJapanTokyo, Japan
August 20thAustraliaTokyo, Japan

Reference: basketnews.com

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