What Wiseman told his mom right after Warriors drafted him

James Wiseman draft night

Nov. 18, 2020 is a day James Wiseman never will forget.

That's when the Warriors selected him with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft, immediately changing his life forever.

Wiseman -- who will be out the next 7-10 days because of a sprained left wrist -- understood the significance of the moment. And as Connor Letourneau of The San Francisco Chronicle writes, the 7-footer said something very special to his mom.

“You’re coming to San Francisco with me," Wiseman said. "You’re never working another day in your life.”

We learned from the feature story that Donzaleigh Artis worked two jobs when her son James was growing up in order to pay the bills and put food on the table.

She did everything she could to provide for him and keep him on the right path.

"When James was 10, Artis began waking James at 4:30 each morning," Letourneau writes. "She’d hand him a blanket and let him sleep on her school bus route, then drop him at a YMCA around 7 a.m. to catch another bus to school.

"Three hours later, after her morning bus rounds, Artis would drive to a gas station to begin her shift behind the cash register. From 2 to 5:30 p.m., she was back in her school bus."

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These sorts of anecdotes give us important context, and help us understand what some people go through before seeing their dreams become reality.

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