Andrew Wiggins acknowledged this past season was his best in the NBA but admitted he's still not happy about the fact that he had to take the vaccine in order to be able to fully play during the 2021/22 season. Before the season started, Wiggins was reluctant to take the vaccine.
Had Wiggins stayed unvaccinated, he would have been unavailable for Golden State Warriors' home games in San Francisco and the Warriors would have likely moved on from him. Wiggins would have also lost a good amount of money by not being fully available so he made the decision to take the vaccine.
Wiggins' decision to take the vaccine paid off massively for the Warriors as he was an All-Star for the first time in his career and played a key role in the team's run to the NBA title. “I still wish I didn’t get [vaccinated], to be honest with you,” Wiggins told FanSided.
“I did it, and I was an All-Star this year and champion, so that was the good part, just not missing out on the year, the best year of my career”. Wiggins says he is careful about what he puts into his body and that's why he initially didn't want to take the vaccine.
“But for my body, I just don’t like putting all that stuff in my body, so I didn’t like that, and I didn’t like that it wasn’t my choice,” Wiggins said. “I didn’t like that it was either get this or don’t play”.
Wiggins on coach Steve Kerr
In 2020, the Minnesota Timberwolwes decided to move on from former first overall pick Wiggins. When Wiggins was made available, the Warriors traded for Wiggins and the Canadian has been playing the basketball of his life in San Francisco.
Now, Wiggins says Warriors head coach Kerr has played a big part in helping him unlocking his potential. "Steve [Kerr] is a great coach. A player’s coach," Wiggins said. "He’s going to put everyone in a position to do well.
He gives all his players confidence, and when you’re on the court, he lets you play your game. Whatever your game is, he lets you play it. He keeps his team motivated. He keeps his team going, and he holds everyone accountable.
I love Golden State. I love the organization. They treat me and my family so well. I love it."