Former Coach Praises Warriors’ James Wiseman For Being a ‘Coach’s Dream’

Published 12/24/2020, 5:45 AM EST
Dec 22, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman (33) and Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan (6) take the opening tip off during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors drafted James Wiseman with their second overall pick. Despite playing just three games in college, his potential and high school performances were enough to convince the Warriors.

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During a recent interview, Wiseman’s former Memphis Tigers coach and former NBA champion, Penny Hardaway, sang his praises and spoke about how he is a hard worker.

“James Wiseman is a kid that is a coach’s dream because he’s going to do exactly what you need him to do,” Hardaway said. “He’s the type of kid that puts his ego to the side and comes to you during practice (and asks), ‘what do I need to do better?’

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“At every water break, he’s coming and asking that. After practice, (he says) ‘let’s work on my weaknesses.'”

Can James Wiseman live up to these expectations with the Warriors?

Hardaway later talked about how Wiseman will be a blessing to his team. He said, “He went to a blessed situation, to go to a veteran team in a veteran organization that wants to win right away. He’s probably going to have his bumps and bruises, but he’s not going to have competition problems. He’s going to compete on a nightly basis.

“He is going to go out there and protect the rim. He is going to be dynamic, fast, and ultimately going to be willing to do whatever they need him to do. That’s a blessing altogether.”

When he arrived in Golden State, Wiseman was just an inside scorer. But as Hardaway mentioned, Wiseman has developed his skill set for the team. He has been working on his jump shot and also went 1-1 from three in his NBA debut. He also made two deep mid-range shots, showing off his clean jump shot.

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Although he didn’t have the best game on the defensive end, he is still adapting to the Warriors’ system. As the season progresses, Wiseman will get better on both ends. The seven-footer can be an excellent floor spacer, and also an elite rim protector for the Warriors, something they have been lacking for a few years.

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Dec 22, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman (33) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets power forward Jeff Green (8) and Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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