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Happy Wednesday! Enjoy the calm before the Fiesta storm.

Today's weather: Yep, still cloudy and hot. High 87, low 71.

💐 Programming note: We're excited to meet with our Axios San Antonio members tonight and make our flower crowns for Fiesta. See you soon!

Today's newsletter is 948 words — a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: 🏀 The rookie review

Victor Wembanyama celebrates after his last rookie game. Photo: Ronald Cortes via Getty Images

Despite a 22-60 season, one of the worst in the team's history, Spurs fans remain encouraged, buoyed by the promise of Victor Wembanyama.

Why it matters: San Antonio has a palpable excitement when the Spurs are doing well. A successful team and star player can boost any city's morale and economy — and elevate its status as a destination for sports fans.

Driving the news: The 20-year-old Wembanyama finished his rookie season on Friday with an exciting 121-120 win over reigning champions, the Denver Nuggets.

By the numbers: He averaged 21.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.6 blocks per game this season.

  • This rookie season is dotted with so many "firsts" and stunning stats, that the popular podcast "No Dunks" had enough content to make a minute-long wrap-up of them, and Air Alamo contributor Ty Jager made a bracket of his highlights.

What they're saying: Wemby reflected on his first season at a Friday press conference.

  • "I know it's for the long term and I trust my teammates 100% and I trust the project," he said.

Between the lines: It's not just Spurs fans who have been excited by Wemby's season. Other NBA players are too.

  • Respected ESPN writer Brian Windhorst recently predicted that big-name players will want to join Wemby, which could transform the once small-market team into a top destination for star talent.

What's next: San Antonio Sports Star host Jason Minnix says he's looking forward to seeing what offseason moves the Spurs make to support Wemby.

  • "I know Pop has said the organization won't skip steps, but this does not need to be a slow rebuild. Victor is ready to take over the league," he says.

What we're watching: Wemby is in the running for two end-of-season awards: Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

  • The announcements should come any day now.

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2. New Netflix movie spotlights Latino family

A scene from "The Casagrandes Movie." Photo: Courtesy of Netflix/Nickelodeon Animation Studios

A Nickelodeon cartoon about the dynamics of a multi-generational Latino family that lives together is now a feature film on Netflix.

The big picture: "The Casagrandes Movie" debuted on the streaming service last month, two years after the network canceled the show after three seasons.

Zoom in: Directed by Miguel Puga, the movie follows the Casagrandes, who take a family road trip to Mexico only to encounter a battle between Indigenous demigods.

  • The mischievous Ronnie Anne is celebrating her 12th birthday and would rather be at a skatepark back home.
  • However, she soon finds herself in the fictional Great Lakes City in Michoacan, Mexico, in a divine fight that can only be subdued by an ancient flying chancla.

Zoom out: Co-writer Rosemary Contreras tells Axios the creators wanted to make a movie about a regular Mexican American family returning to Mexico and how basic misunderstandings can lead to comical episodes.

  • "This is huge. When I was growing up, there was not a single Latino movie with like a single Latino family that I could watch."
  • Contreras says she wanted to help create a movie for her own 12-year-old daughter (like Ronnie Anne) that shows a Latino family learning about its Indigenous past in Mexico.

"The Casagrandes Movie" has been among the 10 top-streamed movies on Netflix in several countries since its release March 22, according to FlixPatrol, a site that monitors streaming traffic.

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3. Inside the Loop

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

🤑 U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales of San Antonio raised more than twice the funds of his Republican primary runoff challenger, Brandon Herrera, in the first quarter. (Texas Tribune)

🚗 The number of electric vehicles for hire downtown, which includes trolley services, could soon triple. (SA Report)

ğŸŽ™ï¸ Two big concerts are coming to the Frost Bank Center.

  • The rapper Future and hip-hop artist Metro Boomin's tour will come to San Antonio in August. Tickets go on sale at 10am Friday.
  • Shakira will perform in November. Tickets are on sale at 10am Monday. (Express-News 🔒)

4. Bot-made bash

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

In the age of ChatGPT, an internet peruser can find answers to just about anything.

Yes, but: Are bots able to draw up a game plan to match that of an expert Fiesta fan?

We asked ChatGPT to develop an itinerary of five must-see events.

The vibe: ChatGPT suggested heavy hitters — Fiesta Fiesta, Flambeau Parade, Night in Old San Antonio, Battle of Flowers Parade and the Fiesta Carnival — with very accurate descriptions.

The other side: Because the last knowledge update for ChatGPT 3.5 (the free version) was sometime in 2022, the dates are inaccurate.

  • And while start times are mostly spot on, ChatGPT doesn't offer expert advice, like: you shouldn't show up to the Flambeau Parade right at 7:45pm.

The bottom line: ChatGPT can be a great springboard for planning or ideas, but you might want to explore the official Fiesta calendar to sharpen your itinerary.

Our pro tips: Start the celebration right tomorrow at Fiesta Fiesta. Remember, it's hosted at the Alamodome this year.

  • Taste of the Republic and Taste of the Northside are also tomorrow.

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5. ğŸŽ–ï¸ Round 3: Medal madness

Bracket: Axios Visuals

Readers, you've narrowed the field in our Fiesta medal battle.

The latest: CPS Energy fans showed up strong to beat back The Spurs' medal. UTSA sailed to victory over the official Fiesta Flambeau Parade medal.

  • Nowhere Bookshop and Merit Coffee were neck and neck for a while, but the bookstore eked out the win.
  • Fans of the zoo's medal led a victory over Whataburger.

What's next: CPS Energy faces UTSA, and the San Antonio Zoo is up against Nowhere Bookshop in our third round.

CPS Energy Fiesta medal
CPS Energy's 2024 Fiesta medal. Image: Courtesy of CPS Energy

🗳️ Click here to vote in today's matchups.

  • You know the drill. The poll will close at 2pm today.

Find medal images for our next matchups online below:

Thanks to our editor Emma Hurt and copy editors Steven Patrick and Yasmeen Altaji.

🤩 Madalyn hopes this "Let's Go Honking" T-shirt she recently bought gets a lot of use during Wembanyama's sophomore season.

💚 Megan is excited to finally have a rosemary plant this year.