On Friday evening, the San Antonio Spurs hosted the Denver Nuggets in Austin, Texas.

The Spurs got off to a slow start to the game and were never able to recover, losing by a score of 117-106.

Star rookie Victor Wembanyama finished his night with 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks while shooting 4/12 from the field and 1/5 from the three-point range in 33 minutes of playing time.

After the game, the 20-year-old met with the media and made an honest admission.

Reporter: “Victor, how much does the responsibility of kind of continuing to be an ambassador for this team, whether it’s people asking you about Austin, having to come in here an hour after another loss, is that weighing on you in any way or are you embracing all of that kind of off the court responsibility?”

Wembanyama: “It’s kind of a two-edged sword. Because of course it’s mentally tiring, and it’s hard also to stay polite every day and stuff. But it’s part of the job and also it allows me to give some messages that are important to me or to defend my teammates, so it’s also very useful, it’s part of the job.”

Wembanyama is averaging 20.6 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.4 blocks per contest while shooting 46.5% from the field and 33.1% from the three-point range in 59 games.

The Spurs (14-53) will play one more game in Austin when they host the Brooklyn Nets (26-41) on Sunday evening.