“That Man Held My Daughter”: Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins’ Repressed Frustration With Minnesota Revealed

Published 11/12/2021, 1:46 PM EST
November 10, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) shoots the basketball against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jarred Vanderbilt (8) during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


The Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Golden State Warriors to extend their losing streak to six games. And despite Klay’s absence, the Warriors triumphed over the Wolves who are stacked with premier talent. To top this off, former Timberwolves number one pick in the draft, Andrew Wiggins got a poster dunk over his former teammate, Karl-Anthony Towns.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have had several top draft picks on their roster in the past few seasons. Besides Karl Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards, the Timberwolves also had Andrew Wiggins on their roster. It is insane to imagine that all these number one picks could have played on the same roster. However, if it were not for the former President of Basketball Operations, Gersson Rosas, it could have become a reality.

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Recently, Andrew Wiggins revealed why his relationship with the Timberwolves soured. Apparently, Rosas betrayed Wiggins even after treating him like family. This is what Wiggins told Jon Kawczynski about how Rosas wrinkled his relationship with the Timberwolves.

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Why does Wiggins not have a good relationship with the Timberwolves?

Despite being the team that drafted him, Wiggins does not feel like he owes anything to Minnesota. And that is because of his relationship with the former President of Basketball Operations, Gersson Rosas. Wiggins told Jon that one thing he values the most is family. And Rosas used that to gain the trust of Wiggins. Only to metaphorically stab him in the back.

DENVER, CO – APRIL 10: Andrew Wiggins (22) of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives on Will Barton (5) of the Denver Nuggets during the fourth quarter of the Nuggets’ 99-95 win on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Wiggins has always placed high importance on his family. To him, it’s everything. Upon Rosas’ arrival, he began preaching to Wiggins about the significance of family, organized a vacation to the Bahamas, and visited with Wiggins’ family.

This struck a chord with him. Rosas cradled Wiggins’ toddler in his arms at a Twins game during his first summer on the job, promising to create a relationship with Wiggins the person and the player.

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However, Rosas ended up trading Wiggins after making him feel like family at Minnesota. “That man held my daughter,” Wiggins said when asked about both his trade and his reaction to the firing of Rosas, according to reports.

What does this mean for the Warriors?

Andrew Wiggins was on fire while facing his former side, scoring an incredible 35 points. Rosas’ decision clearly hurt since they traded him for D’Angelo Russell. If he maintains this form for a longer stretch, the Warriors could look at a strong run at the championship. Since Minnesota have struggled even after trading Wiggins, a championship run for Wiggins would be a statement victory for him.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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