Did Dillon Brooks Nickname Victor Wembanyama 'Baguette Porzingis'? Debunked

Sparks fly as Brooks and Wembanyama face off.

by Nouman Rasool
Did Dillon Brooks Nickname Victor Wembanyama 'Baguette Porzingis'? Debunked
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In the recent face-off between the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets, Dillon Brooks had a clear directive: contain rookie sensation Victor Wembanyama. While Wembanyama had a rocky NBA debut against the Dallas Mavericks, the Rockets aimed to ensure a repeat performance.

Brooks, formerly a Grizzlies standout known for his polarizing behavior, was tasked with this defensive responsibility and executed it to a T. Social media channel Buttcrack Sports added fuel to the fire leading up to the game.

The controversial account hinted at a subplot involving both teams' prior interest in drafting Wembanyama, a topic that resurfaced on social platforms, thanks to a tweet by Houston's Jabari Smith Jr. The tweet referenced Wembanyama's evident relief that he was not chosen by the Rockets in the draft.

Known for his bad-boy image, Brooks was scrutinized for his past unsportsmanlike actions, such as his ejection during a preseason game with the Rockets for foul play against Pacers' Daniel Theis.

However, Brooks kept it clean against the Spurs, delivering a respectable performance that included 17 points, two rebounds, two assists, and a steal.

Rumor Mill Churns

The rumor mill was further churned by Buttcrack Sports, drawing comparisons between a legendary locker-room incident involving NBA greats Dominique Wilkins and Michael Jordan.

They implied that Brooks might emulate Jordan's confrontational spirit, adding a tongue-in-cheek reference to Wembanyama as the "Baguette Porzingis," playing off the rookie's French origin and his resemblance in playing style to Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis.

While the moniker might have gained some traction, Wembanyama is already projected to surpass Porzingis in terms of skills and impact. Furthermore, it's essential to clarify that the claim from Buttcrack Sports about Brooks coining the phrase "Baguette Porzingis" has been debunked.

Brooks maintained professionalism throughout the game, which ultimately saw a spirited Wembanyama help lead the Spurs to victory. Both the Rockets and the Spurs are slated for three more meetings this regular season, as they belong to the same division and conference.

Their next encounter is scheduled for December 11, where Brooks and Wembanyama will have another chance to square off, either substantiating or debunking any lingering narratives.

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