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

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

“He has appeared [like he’s] in over his head,” the unnamed coach informed 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 at the least you realize 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 frame” with the group’s G League affiliate in Santa Cruz beginning Tuesday. His first sport of that stretch will come Saturday evening, though will probably be the third G League sport of Wiseman’s profession after two video games with the Santa Cruz Warriors final 12 months.

The 7-foot-1 heart’s efficiency has been up and down 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 in opposition to 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, though he got here into this season with simply 39 NBA video games to his identify. Still, Wiseman informed Deveney he is not listening to those that doubt if he’ll ever dwell as much as lottery-pick expectations.

“I’ve been by means of loads of onerous occasions,” Wiseman informed Deveney. “I’ve seen the damaging aspect of social media by way of myself. I do not entertain that stuff anymore as a result of it is damaging and it is all gossip.

“I simply concentrate on my priorities, getting within the fitness center and [getting] higher, engaged on stuff so I could be prepared for the video games.”

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

“It’s not going to be one sport and convey him again,” Kerr mentioned Monday. “We wish 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 needs to turn into the large man the Warriors want him to be.

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

“You need to unlearn a few of what you realize about being a middle.”

For Wiseman, whether or not he must be taught new issues or unlearn outdated habits, his journey to Santa Cruz may very well 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 the younger athlete is up for the problem.

“I can deal with it,” Wiseman informed Deveney. “I do not assume it was an excessive amount of after I was a rookie. I really feel like by way of my inexperience, by way of enjoying the NBA sport, it most likely 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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