James Wiseman: ‘I will never give up, no matter how hard it gets’

It’s nice, I’m proud of it. » James Wisemann he doesn’t show any kind of jealousy when asked about Jonathan Kuminga’s current trajectory. The latter signed a good rookie season and continues to be mobilized by Steve Kerr in the playoffs, with even a permanence in the form of a record. The interior, which is also supposed to embody part of the future of the franchise, must be looking forward to.

It has been like this for more than a year and one last NBA game in April 2021. The center played a handful of games in March in the G-League, his knee fell and the Warriors did not insist on the white season.

Your reaction at the time of officialization? ” To be honest, I was angry because I wanted to play, I wanted to play this year.”, repeats the 21-year-old, questioned before tonight’s Game 4. ” it is so, This is life. I will take it one day at a time. »

Support from Shaun Livingston

And wait again, as he had to do until the 2020 Draft after having played only three small games with the University of Memphis. ” I stay strong, of course, despite the difficult moments, I am a competitor, the one who wants to play with my teammates.assures the native of Tennessee, who is looking forward to participating in this series against the Grizzlies. “I keep a cool head, I reassure myself by telling myself that I am young, I am 21 years old and that I have a long career ahead of me. So it’s about taking things one day at a time and keep working. That’s really it. »

Give up his big league dream? He obviously doesn’t think about that. ” Everything happens on a mental level. It’s also in my DNA. So I will never give up, even if it gets hard. Never surrender. »

To help keep him morale, in addition to Tyson Chandler, James Wiseman says he relied more on one of the team’s ex-executives, Shaun Livingston, himself a very high draft pick (4th pick in 2004) and suffered a serious injury to his the knee before finishing as king. his career with the Warriors as a backup point guard.

It taught me a lot about how to deal with adversity. He’s been there, he’s learned to deal with it and persevere, being a young player in the league and everything. Life is about perspective anyway. »

Model Jaren Jackson Jr.

The young pivot found other sources of inspiration for the development of his young man. Jaren Jackson Jr., also sidelined last season with his knee and now one of the best Grizzlies against the Warriors, was one of them. “ I analyze his game, his game in Tennessee as well, his movements, how he gets into the racket, how he maneuvers in the post. I try to take a lot of moves from different players and add them to my game. »

A maneuver, according to Steve Kerr, “ useful since Jaren went through the same injury. It’s helpful for James to have that example in front of him. He is a diligent worker and puts his heart into it. We are convinced that he has a long and successful career ahead of him. »

His young promise, with the possibility of participating in the next Summer League if he progresses physically enough, does not doubt his potential. ” I know I have the necessary talent and skills.delivery. “I learned a lot about myself during this process. It kept me grounded and humbled me even more, knowing that anyone, at any time, can be deprived of basketball. But that’s how you recover from it. Really, I keep a cool head, I stay on my feet. I make sure to stay positive. »

And when asked about his reaction to the MVP ranking, dominated by two players of his position whom he is also studying, Nikola Jokic and then Joel Embiid, he gets carried away with optimism: “ It is very motivating for me. »

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