That pesky Load Management is back in the news.
Victor Wembanyama’s debut season with the San Antonio Spurs has generated a lot of buzz, but it seems that the team will take a cautious approach with the young rookie.
According to sources within the NBA, there are expectations of load management for Wembanyama, including the possibility of him sitting out back-to-back games.
Development and adjustment to the NBA are deemed crucial for the 19-year-old player by scouts and executives.
Via Fox Sports:
“He is only 19, and he needs developmental work for translation to the NBA,” a Western Conference scout told Bucher. “I would expect both load management and competition management. Spoon-feed him a cautious diet of challenges early in his career.”
“Since the Spurs will be paying him a $350 million max contract in a few years, if anyone in the NBA takes issue with that, they will tell them to f*** off.”
While this cautious approach may disappoint fans and the league, the Spurs prioritize the proper development of their franchise player, considering both his physical adaptation and his long-term potential.
Although Wembanyama may not be thrilled about the idea of load management, the Spurs will make decisions based on what they believe is in the player’s best interest, regardless of others’ opinions.
His NBA career is not a sprint, it’s a marathon, hopefully.