Golden State Warriors head coach Stee Kerr acknowledged that suffering a season-ending suffered was a big blow for James Wiseman but he underlined that the rookie center stays in positive spirits. Wiseman, who was selected at No.
2 in the last NBA draft by the Warriors, suffered a meniscus injury in his right knee and he underwent a surgery to repair the damage, Fortunately, the surgery was successful and Wiseman now starts his rehab process as he hopes to be ready for the start of the next season.
"This is a really tough blow for James," Kerr said, per ESPN. "I talked to him today, and he's in good spirits; he's always got a bright and sunny approach and attitude, but it's a tough blow to lose the last month of the season and then the summer as well.
So we're going to do everything we can to help him in his rehab. The thing is, he's got a very positive repair, the surgeon felt great about it, our training staff feels great about it and long term we think he's going to be fine.
But it's obviously a tough, tough blow for James."
No timetable for Wiseman's return
"At this point, it's just indefinite," Kerr said of Wiseman's absence. "And we'll see how he responds."
Warriors superstar Curry was also disappointed to see Wiseman finish his rookie season early. "Honestly, it's tough," Warriors star guard Stephen Curry said of the Wiseman news. "He was headed in the right direction, showing signs of progress.
Every time he got a good rhythm, either it was COVID protocols or his wrist, and now the knee. I hit him earlier today to let him know he has to think big picture in terms of -- he's 20 years old, he's got a lot of basketball ahead of him, and he has an opportunity now to flip a terrible situation on its head and really work on his body, work on his mind in terms of what it's like at this level and take in as much as he can watching us play.
"And then come back stronger and healthy whenever that time is. So that's the perspective you got to have when you want to play and injuries take you out. Hopefully he understands that and he's going to be patient with it." Wiseman averaged 115. points and 5.8 rebounds before he went down with an injury.