Game Thread: All Stars; and Warriors vs. Wolves
Also: Warriors pull timeline for Wiseman's return.
The Golden State Warriors are ready to kick off this Thursday night matchup — or, as we like to call it around my house “little Friday.” The Minnesota Timberwolves are a lively bunch, with one of the league’s most dynamic offensive weapons in Karl Anthony-Towns and electric second-year player, Anthony Edwards.
But first, it’s All Star time!
WHO: Golden State Warriors (35-13) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (24-23)
WHEN: Thursday, January 27th, 2022 // 7:00pm PDT
WATCH: TNT: NBCSBA
Big Jim needs some more time
In the “welp, this isn’t ideal” department, coach Steve Kerr took to the radio waves this afternoon to provide an update on James Wiseman. The update? That there will be no additional updates.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft underwent surgery on his meniscus last April and had a second surgery in December to clean up some swelling. The Warriors had hoped Wiseman would make his season debut in February. While the 7-foot-1 center is working hard every day in rehab, the Warriors still have no idea when he might return.
“There’s just no blueprint for this," coach Steve Kerr told KNBR on Wednesday. "This is such a unique set of circumstances, and we will just have to see how it plays out, and we thought it was going to play out very differently. We thought he would be back by now. I just feel so bad for James. He is working every day. He is keeping a really good, positive spirit about him. But we want so badly for him to get his career started and off the ground. The poor guy is dealing with the injury, with the knee, and we just don’t know when he is going to turn the corner."
This was a known risk coming into the season, and while sad for Wiseman, it also is close to the worst case scenario for Golden State in regards to developing their center of the future. Wiseman was already behind the development curve and is quickly tracking towards missing most of the current season.
Stay the course!!