James Wiseman ‘in over his head’ as Warriors heart, anonymous NBA coach says

NBA coach states Wiseman ‘in over his head’ at heart for Dubs initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

As James Wiseman spends time engaged on his recreation within the G League, one rival Western Conference coach is not certain if the previous No. 2 total draft decide has what it takes to play heart for the defending NBA champion Warriors.

“He has seemed [like he’s] in over his head,” the unnamed coach advised Sean Deveney of Heavy Sports. “You cannot have him on the ground with Draymond [Green] as a result of they get actual simple to protect with them collectively. And you’ll be able to’t have him on the market with a giant function with the second unit as a result of he isn’t adequate to hold that group.

“What do you do with him? I do not assume they know, so he’s going to be down there [in the G League] as a result of no less than he will likely be on the ground.”

After the Warriors’ blowout win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, coach Steve Kerr introduced Wiseman could be spending an “prolonged time period” with the staff’s G League affiliate in Santa Cruz beginning Tuesday.

His first recreation will likely be towards the South Bay Lakers on Saturday evening. It will likely be Wiseman’s third G League recreation of his profession after enjoying two with the Santa Cruz Warriors final 12 months.

The 7-foot-1 heart’s efficiency has been inconsistent in his return to the court docket for the 2022-23 NBA season, enjoying for the primary time since April 2021 after recovering from a torn meniscus.

Wiseman performed simply 9 minutes towards the Spurs and did not see the ground in every of Golden State’s earlier three video games.

The 21-year-old’s third 12 months within the league hasn’t gone precisely to plan, although he got here into this season having performed simply 39 NBA video games. Still, Wiseman advised Deveney he is not taking note of those that doubt if he’ll ever dwell as much as lottery-pick expectations.

“I’ve been by a variety of arduous occasions,” Wiseman advised Deveney. “I’ve seen the destructive facet of social media by way of myself. I do not entertain that stuff anymore as a result of it is destructive and it is all gossip.

“I simply give attention to my priorities, getting within the health club and [getting] higher, engaged on stuff so I will be prepared for the video games.”

Wiseman’s time with the Sea Dubs ought to let him just do that.

“It’s not going to be one recreation and convey him again,” Kerr mentioned Monday. “We need to give him 10 straight days, one thing like that, after which come again.”

The anonymous Western Conference coach, nevertheless, believes Wiseman has a steep hill to climb if he desires to develop into the massive man the Warriors want him to be.

“What’s powerful for him is that it’s a powerful place to play for that staff,” the coach advised Deveney. “You’re doing a lot screening, it’s a must to be continually conscious of your place on the ground and when you must make your roll [to the basket] and when you must go set one other display.

“You should unlearn a few of what about being a middle.”

For Wiseman, whether or not he must study new issues or unlearn outdated habits, his journey to Santa Cruz could possibly be a turning level, prefer it as soon as was for Jordan Poole.

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And if there’s one factor that is sure, it is that Wiseman is up for the problem.

“I can deal with it,” Wiseman advised Deveney. “I do not assume it was an excessive amount of once I was a rookie. I really feel like by way of my inexperience, by way of enjoying the NBA recreation, it in all probability was somewhat an excessive amount of.

“But I really feel like I can do something, although. I’m assured in myself.”

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