The Planned Lottery Pick: Bilal Coulibaly couldn’t evade questions about Victor Wembanyama as the 2023 NBA draft draws ever closer.
But Coulibaly never tires of talking about his former Metropolitans 92 teammate – and “would love” to see reports of their potential San Antonio Spurs reunion come true, he told The US Sun.
Along with fellow basketball player Cam Whitmore, Coulibaly accompanied 19-year-old Wembanyama to various NBA events the day before Thursday’s draft.
He joined the proposed No. 1 pick at a ceremony celebrating the league inaugurating a new STEM lab for students at Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School in New York City.
The two former Mets 92 stars also met briefly for a few buckets at legendary Rucker Park before broadcasters pulled Wembanyama aside for another interview.
18-year-old Coulibaly then picked up the ball and began throwing alone on the other side of the field, knowing he had some time to kill as his compatriot again had various media duties to attend to.
At the same time, the 1.90m winger expected to be asked Wemby questions at some point too – as that’s always the case when the two Frenchmen attend events together.
“Every time,” Coulibaly said with a smile on his face. “Every time.”
Not that he minds talking about Wembanyama, regardless of the volume.
“Not really,” Coulibaly said. “He’s my type, that’s why.”
Wembanyama was always certain he would remain Coulibaly’s “guy” after the NBA draft, especially after coming off a strong playoff streak together – which ended in a finals loss to Monaco just last week.
It seemed far less likely that they would be playing for the same team again anytime soon, at least until then The alarm clock‘s Kevin O’Connor suggested the Spurs could trade for another first-rounder on Thursday and both ex-Mets 92-star picks.
“There are rumors that the Spurs are exploring a deal for a second lottery win,” O’Connor wrote.
“I’m not sure how high they want to go, but competing managers are speculating that they might be after one of the Thompson twins or Wembanyama’s own teammate, Bilal Coulibaly.”
Coulibaly let out a joking “Yeah…maybe” when the alleged possibility of a Wembanyama reunion was brought up.
Then the Saint-Cloud native said he was all for it.
“Man, I’d like to do that. I’d love to do that,” Coulibaly said enthusiastically.
“Like I said, that’s my type – so why not?”
As a teammate, Wembanyama is a “leader” who “talks a lot”. [and] happy to help,” said Coulibaly.
In just over 24 hours it would be decided whether the two French could join forces again.
And the moment of truth couldn’t come sooner for Coulibaly as the forward is visibly nervous about what the future holds for him.
“I can’t wait, I can’t wait,” he said. “So excited, curious about where I’m going.”