Adrian Wojnarowski: “This is the most highly anticipated player to ever enter the NBA, and this is maybe not only the greatest prospect in the NBA’s history, maybe the greatest prospect in the history of team sports.”
Dan Patrick: “Okay, that’s wrong. You don’t need to build this up. He’s 7’5”, he’s got talent, been playing with men, but he’s not the most ‘anticipated.’ Lew Alcindor was the greatest college player of all time and he was going into the NBA. The hype around LeBron?… Victor Wembanyama is still a curiosity. We know that he’s got talent, but LeBron was on the cover of Sports Illustrated, we was ‘The Chosen One.’ His high school games were on ESPN 2 at the time. Dick Vitale went to do one of his games. It’s not even close. I know Woj might get caught up in his sport, and you’re going to sell the Lottery, and this is why you wanna watch, it is a big deal— I could look at other sports. John Elway was the ‘sure thing’ when he was coming out of college. Andrew Luck was a sure thing, and a Hall of Famer. I’m not ready to sit here and go ‘Victor Wembanyama is going to be like Tim Duncan and David Robinson.’ And if he IS, he’s still not living up to the magnitude that LeBron did. LeBron HAD to be great, he exceeded expectations which weren’t even fair. Woj is guilty of hyperbole, ten yards—first down, c’mon! Woj has been around the NBA for a long, long time. Tiger Woods was on TV at two hitting shots. The Williams’ sisters, their anticipation of turning pro… Wembanyama is a curiosity. A talented curiosity, but nowhere near LeBron James or Lew Alcindor going into the NBA, not even close.” (Full Segment Above)
Watch Dan Patrick push back on some of the hype surrounding NBA Draft phenom Victor Wembanyama, as Dan doesn’t agree with ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski calling the 19-year-old Frenchman ‘the most highlight anticipated player to ever enter the NBA’ and ‘maybe the greatest prospect in the history of team sports.’
Check out the segment above as Dan lists the athletes he believes absolutely had more hysteria around their name as they were about to enter the NBA.