Wembanyama will compete in the Paris Olympics.

San Antonio Spurs forward Victor Wembanyama spoke to French media outlet L’Equipe on Monday (Sept. 19) about his plans to compete in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

European powerhouse France suffered a humiliating end to the recently concluded 2023 FIBA World Cup. After a 30-point loss to Canada in their first game, the French lost their next game against Latvia, sending them into the knockout rounds prematurely. It was a result that was not easily predicted.

The impact on the French basketball community was profound. “This is the first time I’ve ever been embarrassed to wear a French jersey,” said veteran Nicolas Batum.

After a disappointing World Cup, France will look to rebound at home at the Paris 2024 Olympics. One of France’s top prospects, Victor Wembanyama, has already announced his intention to compete in Paris.

Standing at 6-foot-9 with a 244-centimeter wingspan, Wembanyama was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. However, he missed the World Cup to prepare for his first season in the NBA while recovering from the fatigue of a long season that lasted until June. Wembanyama, who watched the French team’s disappointment on the broadcast, was deeply disappointed.

“I watched the FIBA World Cup and I was very disappointed with the result, but I’m not worried. I feel that this result will not change our chances of doing something in Paris next year,” he said.

“Of course, I will participate in the Olympics. I think it would be a great story to succeed at the Olympics. And I don’t think I’ll have any other goal than to win a gold medal 안전놀이터.”

San Antonio plans to play Wembanyama at power forward instead of center this season. If Wemba gets comfortable at the 4, he could form an unstoppable lineup alongside Rudy Gobert for the French national team.

With the news that LeBron James is assembling his dream team after announcing his intention to compete in Paris, there is already a lot of excitement for next year’s Olympics. The addition of Wembanyama to the French squad will only add to the excitement, and even with a dream team, the U.S. isn’t guaranteed a complete victory.

Will Wembanyama have a smile on his face at the Olympics in his home country? It will be interesting to see how he does.