Insiders share troubling report on Warriors’ James Wiseman

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Golden State Warriors grandpa James Wiseman looks ahead to the game against the Sacramento Kings.

James Wiseman is finally close to returning to the field for the Golden State Warriors, but some around the organization believe the 20-year-old center’s commitment to the game could be a bigger long-term concern than the surgical knee. his repair.

Wiseman has been out of action since April 2021 after suffering a knee injury that ended his rookie season and then wiped out his entire second year in the league. The former No. 2 player has generally had a rough recovery with disappointing setbacks, but he is expected to feature soon for the team’s Summer League games.

Although the Warriors have high hopes for Wiseman’s eventual role on the team, others are expressing concern about his lack of love for the game.

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Concern for Wiseman’s future

The Warriors remain publicly committed to Wiseman through his long recovery, appreciating his potential and pushing back against reports that he might join the trade bloc. But worries have begun to creep in among those close to the organization. On his podcast “Hoops Tonight” – hosted on Volume, on the same platform as The Draymond Green Show – Jason Timpf noted that there are rumors emerging about Wiseman’s lack of commitment to the game.

Timpf said the Warriors would make the mistake of letting veteran bigwig Kevon Looney enter the freelance business in the hope that Wiseman could eventually develop into a star.

“Anyone pushing in that direction, I consider it a very dangerous gamble,” Timpf said. “There’s a lot of information about James Wiseman that he doesn’t even like basketball that much, that he doesn’t want to be back on the court.”

Timpf added that some fans were frustrated when Wiseman was seen practicing during the NBA Finals instead of trying to get back on the field. At the end of the season, the team decided to give him a year off so he could focus on overcoming the final hurdles in his recovery from a torn meniscus, which required two surgeries.

“I think betting him to be Looney for you next year would be a catastrophic mistake,” said Timpf, adding that Wiseman may need another two to three years before he can develop into a foundation center in the NBA.

Other Insiders Protecting Wiseman

Athletic’s Tim Kawakami notes that some of the criticism surrounding Wiseman may simply be due to his lack of playing time in the NBA. Wiseman was still adapting to the NBA and finding his place in the Warriors’ offense when injury cut short his season. That was enough to show his potential, with Wiseman averaging 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game during his five rookies.

“I don’t know Timpf. I guess he was hearing everything,” Kawakami wrote. “Perhaps they are true. But aren’t every great talented young man (and remember, Wiseman still only 21) who hasn’t played much certainly at some point be described like this? Doesn’t mean it’s correct. Doesn’t mean it’s not correct. I know Warriors veterans think a lot about Wiseman’s talent. “

Kawakami added that he’ll only start to worry if Wiseman misses all of the Summer Split, which seems unlikely. While he won’t be participating in the California Classic at Chase Cente this weekend, Wiseman is on track to compete in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas starting July 7.

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