Wembanyama Vs Giannis: Africans Own the NBA

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Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo walked away impressed after his first matchup against rookie Victor Wembanyama, the 7’4” phenom from France.

The Bucks beat the San Antonio Spurs 125–121 at AT&T Center on Thursday, but Wembanyama got the best of Antetokounmpo for a brief moment.

With 24 seconds left in the game, Wembanyama stuffed Antetokounmpo well above the rim for his fifth block of the night. The moment immediately went viral and resulted in a picture that had NBA fans stunned.

Victor Wembanyama Meeting Giannis Antetokounmpo Above the Rim Is Astounding.

Wembanyama finished the game with 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting to go along with nine rebounds and five blocks.

“He’s unbelievable,” Antetokounmpo said of the rookie Thursday. “Unbelievable talent. He can score at will, anytime he wants. Plays the right way. Plays to win. It was good to play against him.”

The Spurs and Bucks won’t meet again this season, so Antetokounmpo will have to wait for a chance at some revenge above the rim.

And then there is Joel Embiid.

Joel Embiid played a starring role and wrote himself into NBA history during the Philadelphia 76ers’ 110-97 victory over the Chicago Bulls at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Philly star became the first player in NBA history to register at least 30 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in a game despite sitting out the whole fourth quarter, as ‘The Process’ set the 76ers on their way to a big victory.

Embiid, who had missed his side’s holiday run of matches with an ankle issue, returned firing on all cylinders and helped the 76ers avenge the 105-92 defeat inflicted on them three days earlier by the same opposition.

Simply put if you put the African NBA players in a team nobody can beat them.

I am not talking about Pascal Siakam yet.

He is from my hometown team Toronto Raptors and has won the NBA championship already in 2019.

When they won the NBA championship, I was at the City Centre then I tried to go to my house and there was nowhere to go. You couldn’t walk. You couldn’t move and Toronto’s famous Public Transit (TTC) just shut down because the whole city was in a celebration of its first NBA championship victory.

That is what Pascal Siakam from Cameroun helped to bring home to the City of Toronto.

Adongo Ogony is a Human Rights Activist and a Writer who lives in Toronto, Canada

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