Wizards rookie Corey Kispert on his NBA debut and going viral

While Corey Kispert will never forget his NBA debut, which came on Friday night in a win over the Indiana Pacers, Wizards fans may remember it for a particular facial expression he made. After Davis Bertans hit a go-ahead three with 35 seconds remaining in overtime, Kispert shot him a look as he returned to the bench for a timeout and the screenshot immediately went viral on social media.

“I remember giving him a look. I was scrolling through Instagram and saw it [later that night],” Kispert said. “He’s a bad man. That was a crazy shot. I had to make sure he knew about it.”

Though Kispert said he wished he had gone viral for making a great play on the court, the time will come for that. This was his first taste of a real NBA game that counts after playing some in the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League and the preseason.

It was a small step to where he wants to go. He scored two points in 10 minutes with a rebound, an assist and a steal. 

But it also represented a lifelong dream, to play in the NBA. Kispert said his sister flew in to attend the game, making it even more special.

“It was great to get in there and just kind of get my feet wet. I made good plays, made bad plays. Did good things, made mistakes. Now it’s all about growing and building…

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