Things are looking up for James Wiseman and the Warriors.
The 7-footer took the next step in his recovery process Tuesday as he participated in a five-on-five scrimmage for the first time since undergoing meniscus surgery last April.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr gave a positive update on Wiseman’s status on 95.7 The Game’s “Damon & Ratto”.
"He played 5-on-5 for the first time today," Kerr said. "Kind of a mix of half-court and full-court. He looked good. I saw him afterward and he said he felt great. The knee is doing really well. Those are all really positive signs.
“With that said, we don't know what it means long term. It just means he will continue to ramp up his work and hopefully continue to progress where he gets to the point where he'll be able to play this year. We don't have a timetable and we don't really know what's next beyond tomorrow. We're just taking it a day at a time."
Wiseman participated in his first full-contact work since the initial injury last week when he played three-on-three.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft last played in a game on April 10, 2021.
In a limited 32 games last season, he averaged 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 21.4 minutes before tearing his meniscus and undergoing a season-ending procedure. He had another procedure in December that further delayed his highly-anticipated comeback.
Though Wiseman’s recovery is taking longer than anticipated, the Warriors are confident he will be back on the hardwood in the coming weeks.
And it couldn’t come at a more perfect time for the Warriors.