Warriors' Steve Kerr: James Wiseman's Season-Ending Knee Injury 'A Tough Blow'

Jenna CiccotelliCorrespondent IIApril 16, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 10: Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman (33) reacts after landing on the floor when his dunk attempt was blocked by Houston Rockets Kenyon Martin Jr. (6) in the second quarter of an NBA game at Chase Center, Saturday, April 10, 2021, in San Francisco, Calif. Wiseman went to the locker room to get evaluated. (Santiago Mejia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)
Santiago Mejia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr shared his thoughts on the knee procedure that will keep rookie James Wiseman out for the rest of the year.

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Steve Kerr on James Wiseman, who could miss six or so months after having surgery to repair his right meniscus today: "I'm very disappointed that it wasn't the more simple repair that would've kept him out a month or so. ... It's a tough blow."

Wiseman, who suffered the injury during a defeat of the Houston Rockets on April 10, had surgery Thursday in Los Angeles and is expected to return for the start of the 2021-22 season. 

"Everybody I'm in great spirits," Wiseman wrote on Instagram on Thursday night. "Ima come back even stronger. Love you dub nation and i appreciate everybody for checking up on me."

Wiseman, who was the team's pick with the No. 2 overall selection in the 2020 draft, was inconsistent as a rookie but put up numbers that show promise for his future. He averaged 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds, but he wasn't always able to bring his best to the floor. 

He missed much of the Warriors' training camp while going through the league's COVID-19 protocols but still began his NBA career as a starter before he was benched after a month. 

The 20-year-old also missed nearly a month when he suffered a wrist injury at the end of January. 

When he cracked the starting five again in March, he spoiled that opportunity by missing two days of required COVID-19 testing following the All-Star break and was benched for three quarters of a loss to the Clippers on March 11. 

The Warriors are having another disappointing season after losing Klay Thompson for the second consecutive year, and Wiseman going down to injury is another blow for a team that is 28-28 and pushing for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.