Three-time NBA champion Draymond Green and 2020 No. 2 pick James Wiseman participated in their first practice of the season on Monday and Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was thrilled to have those two available.
Green and Wiseman missed the first week of training camp while following league protocols but now they are ready to work hard and prepare for the coming season as good as possible. "It was so great to have those guys back out on the floor," coach Kerr said, as quoted on ESPN.
"Draymond, he's our leader, and to go through camp the first week without our leader was difficult, and he made his presence felt immediately with advice in the film session and advice on the floor and a whole lot of trash talking, too.
So the energy level just skyrocketed. It was great to have Draymond back."
Green already loves Wiseman
Wiseman was selected at No. 2 by the Warriors in this past NBA draft and the team has high expectations from their rookie.
Green, one of the biggest competitors in the NBA, was thrilled by what he saw from Wiseman in their first practice together. "I thought James was all over the place today, which was great to see," Green said. "His energy was through the roof which took him out of positions at times, which I love to see because you can teach positioning, but you can't teach high energy.
He had great energy today ... asking a ton of questions, which I always think is great. It seems to me he's going to be a sponge -- he asks a bunch of questions." Wiseman wanted so badly to finally play some basketball.
"I just had so much energy," Wiseman said. "Because I just couldn't wait to play. I was just out there talking, giving my full energy to my team ... it was crazy, though. The first practice was really crazy, but I learned a lot from my vets."
Coach Kerr believes that having Green as his mentor will help Wiseman. "It was great," Kerr said. "Draymond is going to help him dramatically. Especially defensively, just with positioning and that sort of thing ...
It was a perfect snapshot of what we hope to see -- what Warriors fans hope to see and what might be coming. A defensive synergy between those two and then an offensive connection with that lob -- so very exciting to see that happen."