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Published on June 14, 2024
Spurs' Victor Wembanyama Connects with San Antonio Fans On and Off the CourtSource: Google Street View

Victor Wembanyama, the San Antonio Spurs' center and recent Rookie of the Year, was seen doing something quite ordinary in the heart of Texas: grocery shopping at H-E-B. According to KENS5, a photo of the towering basketball phenom navigating the aisles, with a cart brimming with fruits and vegetables, was captured and shared by Spurs fan Erin Ortega on his Instagram. Wembanyama's simple act of shopping, much like any other local, has endeared him further to the community, creating a bond with fans beyond the basketball court.

Off the court, Wembanyama has also made his presence felt in the commercial space with a successful H-E-B commercial debut demonstrating, both his ability to charm audiences and the remarkable convenience afforded by his long reach. Meanwhile, fellow Spur Keldon Johnson has himself engaged with the brand by partaking in a Mexican candy taste test where he praised the flavors, saying: "It's real flavorful but I love green apple, so I could get down with this stuff. It's pretty solid." according to a KENS5 interview.

In addition to his real-life appearances, Wembanyama's presence can be felt on the shelves of H-E-B, albeit in a different form. A Funko Pop! figure of Wembanyama has cropped up at select H-E-B stores around San Antonio, selling for $11.98 each. As MySA reports, the collectible, which has been listed for as much as $250 on eBay and $19.99 on Amazon, quickly sold out at some locations. The collectible's appearance aligns with the hype following Wembanyama after his impactful rookie season, which culminated in his Rookie of the Year award, an accolade last claimed by a Spurs player in 1998 with Tim Duncan. Wembanyama's Funko Pop! joins the ranks of Spurs greats such as Duncan, and David Robinson who also have had figures released in their likeness.

While the figures may have vanished from certain store shelves, fans seeking the Wemby collectible may still find it at various H-E-B locations scattered across San Antonio. Avid collector Mark Burnett mentioned seeing the Funkos at the H-E-B on Grisson, and Tezel roads, but those too have already been snapped up according to the store. Meanwhile, social posts confirm sightings at the H-E-B Plus! in New Braunfels and on Zaramora Street and Military Drive. As anticipation around anything Wembanyama continues to grow, so does the scramble for these miniature homages to San Antonio's latest basketball hero.