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Myers discusses Wiseman dealing with media noise on LaMelo

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We live in a world in which some people already have determined that the Warriors completely blew it by drafting James Wiseman instead of LaMelo Ball.

Considering the fact both players are halfway through their rookie season and are nowhere close to finished products, it's pretty ridiculous to make that claim.

But hey -- such is life in the world of social media and overreaction culture.

So how do the Warriors deal with trying to make sure their rookie center isn't letting all of the "takes" hurt his confidence?

"For the players now, it's probably harder than ever to navigate the noise," president of basketball operations Bob Myers said on 95.7 The Game's "Steiny, Guru & Dibs" show Wednesday morning. "Social media is fascinating by itself. It's almost like we have this drinking age at 21 because you're not ready to understand, and you're not responsible enough to know how to drink.

"I honestly feel like social media is like that. I don't think you should get on social media until you're old enough to understand how to be on social media. When you're on that stuff as an athlete or a celebrity, it's almost like walking into a room and there's gonna be one person behind a curtain saying, 'You're an idiot' and the other person saying, 'You're great.'

 

"You get all this noise coming at you. Do you want to walk into that room if you don't have to? If I'm James Wiseman, I'm sitting there going, 'Should I subject myself [to this]? It's media and social media.

"You guys are great. I've listened to you guys -- do a really good job. But it might be dangerous if I listen to you all the time. It might not be good for me. So you gotta find that balance.

"That stuff is not a joke. Social media is unbelievably powerful. Players are on their phones all the time. All the time. We all are I guess. It's not just players. So that's a tough one."

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Ball is averaging 21.1 points, 6.8 assists, 6.1 rebounds and 1.9 steals over the Charlotte Hornets' last 16 games (15 starts), while shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from beyond the arc. Without question, he's currently the frontrunner for NBA Rookie of the Year.

Wiseman, meanwhile, missed 11 games in February because of a sprained left wrist, and has experienced more growing pains throughout the year.

But again -- it's way, way, way too early to know how everything is going to play out, and who will end up being the better player.

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