Golden State Warriors big man James Wiseman sat out the entire 2021-2022 season as he recovered from a major knee injury, and now that he is primed for a big return to the NBA Champions, Wiseman is reflecting on his days in rehab.
Wiseman, 21, says that it was one of the toughest things he has ever gone through in his life.
“I’ve been through a lot of low moments,” Wiseman said, according to Madeline Kenney of The Press Democrat. “Some days, I wasn’t feeling it, some days I couldn’t work out because mentally I wasn’t there, but I just found ways to push through it every day … even when I was going through my emotional breakdowns and stuff.
“It was hard for me and for my family as well, for my mom to see me down and stuff, to see me in tears,” Wiseman continued. “But I just stayed strong … I just kept going.”
Wiseman added that he has found a renewed passion for basketball.
“It actually lit some more fire inside of me,” Wiseman said. “It actually made (my love for the game) better in a good way because I missed the game so much so it just made my ambition grow, or get stronger.”