James Wiseman's recovery from a torn meniscus hasn't gone as
After undergoing season-ending surgery last April, he has had
multiple setbacks. In mid-December, he had a second procedure on
his knee to remove loose fragments and reduce swelling.
While it's been a frustrating process, the 20-year-old did take
a significant step toward returning on Saturday when he
participated in his first non-contact practice since the injury
With that said, it's unclear when Wiseman will be able to return
to the Golden State Warriors' lineup. Head coach Steve Kerr
suggested that he may be out until this year's playoffs at the
"There's a chance that he could be playing come playoff time,"
Kerr told Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco
Chronicle. “We don't really know what to expect... He practiced
today and looked great."
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft played 39 games as
a rookie, averaging 11.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks, while
shooting 51.9% from the field, 31.6% from three and 62.8% from the
free-throw line. Wiseman was inconsistent last season, but that's
to be expected since young centers typically have a harder time
getting acclimated to the NBA and take longer to develop.
“[Returning to practice] was a good step for him,” Warriors
guard Damion Lee said, per Letourneau. “The
injury-rehab process, everything of that nature, I understand that;
it’s something I’ve gone through in the past. So for him to just be
back on the court, it was great. Just to see him happy, see him in
Over the last year, Wiseman has said that he’s watched a lot of
film, worked on his footwork and lateral movements, and improved
his upper- and lower-body strength. He has also been meditating and
finding ways to "keep his mental sharp." He has spent a lot of time
putting up shots and working on his form too.
“I learned a lot from last year," Wiseman told reporters prior to the
season. "Even though the injury sucks, it happens — but none of
that gets me down because I'm strong. I can withstand anything...
Without adversity, you can't grow. I just took that [injury], ran
with it and made a positive out of it. And I'm going to be way
better this year because I learned all that last year.”