SAN FRANCISCO — The status of James Wiseman’s return to full contact practice is still to be determined.
Once estimated to return in time for training camp this fall, Wiseman has yet to return to full contact practices, nine months after surgery to repair a torn meniscus on April 15. Wiseman had another surgery in December to relieve swelling in his knee – and the team has no timetable for his return.
“We haven’t practiced in about a week,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “We won’t be practicing this week. We have a game tomorrow and a day off the next. I wish I had something to report and I know the whole process has been frustrating for James above all.”
Wiseman, the second overall pick of 2020, has played a total of 39 NBA games with the Warriors — a total of 42 between his professional career and his three-game college career in Memphis. The Warriors are proceeding with extreme caution with the 20-year-old center before Memphis Grizzlies center Jaren Jackson Jr. was sent to a nine-month-long recovery from meniscus surgery in 2020.
With Draymond Greene suffering a lower back injury for at least two weeks, the Warriors could use a more massive body in the rotation. Getting Wiseman back in game action is a secondary box to check with him still holding back from full contact practice.
“It’s not easy to figure out,” Kerr said. “We are still hopeful that he will be cleared for contact soon. But this week has not had an opportunity to happen.”
The Warriors have no scheduled practice during this seven-match home stand until at least Sunday. According to the report, Wiseman’s second procedure was scavenging and cleaning out loose bodies. Kerr reiterated that Warriors is “still hopeful” that he will return to action “soon”.
“At this point, I also know that I am the guy who cried wolf,” Kerr said. “When that happens, we’ll let you know.”
About the same, keeps Wiseman’s spirits up when he sits down.
“He’s doing a great job keeping his enthusiasm up and people really enjoy being around him and he’s a good learner,” Kerr said. “He listens to his experienced teammates and everyone is pulling for him. It’s a matter of continuing to rehab and getting into the training room and the weight room. Hopefully everything comes together.”