Warriors

Kerr believes Wiseman 'coming out of shell' as rehab continues

Warriors

James Wiseman has been limited physically at Warriors training camp as he works his way back from a torn meniscus, but head coach Steve Kerr has seen plenty of mental growth from the big man as he prepares for his second NBA season.

"He's doing really well, I think James is really kind of coming out of his shell," Kerr told reporters after practice Saturday. "You can really see the maturity, he's speaking up in meetings, feels much more confident, I can see it, and then the drill work he is doing, he is really picking things up quickly."

Kerr also has seen a stronger Wiseman going through drills, something that should serve him well when he can get back on the field and battle in the paint.

There is not much clarity on when Wiseman will be able to take the court in a full capacity. The Warriors will start Kevon Looney at the five to begin the season, and Draymond Green also should see significant action at center in small-ball lineups.

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The earlier Wiseman can return, the better it will be for the durability of Looney and Green for the long haul.

Wiseman's presence in the frontcourt won't make or break the Warriors this season, but how his development progresses will impact how well they can hang with the top contenders in the Western Conference.

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