The Warriors got a much-needed win Tuesday night at Chase Center when they clipped the Milwaukee Bucks 122-121.
Rookie center James Wiseman was a big part of the win, as the 20-year-old big man tallied a first-half double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) and got an A on the report card from coach Steve Kerr.
Wiseman, who has been struggling of late, thoroughly enjoyed the win over the Bucks.
"That s--t was fun as hell," Wiseman said after the game of his first-half double-double.
Following Wiseman's postgame press conference, Warriors vice president of communications Raymond Ridder informed the rookie that Draymond Green had fined him $2,500 for cursing during the presser. It's unclear if it's a prank or if Wiseman's wallet indeed got a little lighter.
Wiseman has had an up-and-down rookie season, but given his youth, lack of college experience and the COVID-impacted offseason, it's reasonable to expect Wiseman to take time to develop.
Kerr pointed to Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett, two legends who got off to a rocky start after entering the NBA out of high school.
"I've mentioned some of their names," Kerr said Monday. "Highly-touted prospects who didn't have a college experience, whether it's Kobe or Kevin Garnett or guys like that. It was the same thing.
"I don't know that after Kobe's couple of airballs in the playoffs against Utah in his rookie year, I don't know that we could have said that guy is going to be a top-five player of all-time. So all this stuff, it just takes time and reps and we just have to be patient and keep working with James every day and he's going to get better as he goes."
Wiseman, who only played three games in college before withdrawing, has an incredibly high ceiling and knows that expectations come with being the No. 2 overall pick.
Development isn't linear. Wiseman still has a lot to learn, but Tuesday's performance should allow the Warriors and their fans to exhale a bit. The rookie is going to be just fine.