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Despite Fractured Relationship, Ex-Warriors Star Gets Love From Stephen Curry and Former Teammates on His Special Day

Published 04/01/2023, 7:50 AM EDT

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Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors look comfortable at the sixth spot in the Western Conference. Having won six out of their last 10 games, the Warriors now have a 41-37 overall season record. And despite rumors of a bad trade coming through in the Warriors’ lap, Golden State seems to be ready for the post-season to make another run for the title – be it without the second overall draft pick.

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The Golden State Warriors parted ways with the second overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft, James Wiseman. Though the Warriors got Gary Payton II, a familiar face back in return, many claimed that the Warriors lost the trade.

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James Wiseman has gradually been improving and showing off his skills with his new team, the Detroit Pistons. And rumors of a bad trade started when the Portland Trail Blazers did not reveal Gary Payton II’s injury.

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However, Payton has recovered exponentially fast and is already back on the court for the Warriors. The majority of the NBA world claimed that Golden State not only tarnished the Balzers’ name but also burned the bridge with James Wiseman, though.


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Wiseman could not live up to the hype that surrounded him. He was supposed to be the next piece to the championship-contending Warriors team. The 7’1 bigman had all the tools to make a difference.

Yet he was unable to do so. Mainly due to missing a lot of time due to injuries. And also due to the pressure put on him to perform at high level right from the start. But now, Wiseman is finally coming into his form.

Though his season points average indicates Wiseman is averaging 9.9 PPG. But he has been improving his point production as each month passes. And also helping the Detroit Pistons on the defensive end of the floor.

Stephen Curry and the Warriors wish James Wiseman

James Wiseman just turned 22 on March 31st. And despite the fractured relationship, many Warriors players made sure to show him love for his special day. Including Warriors star, Stephen Curry as well. Curry uploaded Wiseman’s post on his Instagram stories with a caption that read “Happy Birthday bigticket_j13”.

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Even other Warriors players commented on his birthday post. Wiseman captioned the post “Blessed to see another year! 22” along with a fire emoji as well as an upward direction arrow emoji.

Andre Iguodala commented “My guy!! Happy bday!”.


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Juan Tuscano-Anderson dropped a comment saying “Big Wise! Happy bday my brother”.

Even Gary Payton II wished him by commenting “Happy gday my dawg”.

Along with birthday wishes from Jamyachal Green “Happy Gday fam”


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Even the official Instagram account of the Detroit Pistons wished the seven-footer on his birthday. So, it is natural for us to wish James Wiseman on his birthday as well. And hope that he has a long, fruitful and illustrious NBA career.

Happy birthday, James Wiseman!



Abhishek Dhariwal

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Abhishek Dhariwal is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He earned his bachelor's degree in English Honors from St. Xavier's College and his master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from AAFT School of Mass Communication and Journalism.

Edited By: Aayush Kapoor