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What James Wiseman learned most from Kevon Looney's breakout season

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What Wiseman learned most from Looney’s breakout season originally appeared in NBC Sports Bayarea.

When the Las Vegas-Warriors hired Dejan Miloevich as an assistant coach last August, the most important part of his title was missing. Mirojevic is not officially called James Wiseman’s personal coach. He may have been so when Golden State signed the long-respected Serbian coach who was the three-time MVP of the Adriatic League.

Mirojevic’s greatest bystander fame is Nikola Jokić’s coach in Serbia, when two NBAMVPs now play in the mega basket. The Warriors sought the service of Mirojevic with the prospect of being the first big guy in a few years. He wanted to be able to mold a 7-foot Wiseman that was full of potential but still in the shape of clay. When Wiseman’s health progressed behind the scenes of the 2022 NBA Playoffs, Wiseman and Mirojevic had an inseparable relationship in court.

About an hour before Wiseman’s Las Vegas Summer League debut, Mirojevic set foot in the arena with Steve Kerr.

“He has shown a lot of compassion for what I need to do,” Wiseman told the NBC Sports Bay Area in the latest episode of Dove’s Talk in an interview the day before his Las Vegas Summer League debut. “But he gave me a lot of constructive criticism. I’m willing to learn and observe. I think it’s okay. The next day I’ll do better and play the game. I need to develop. I have an arrogant view that I am the second choice, so I don’t need to listen.

“I really want to listen and be the best I can. He has given me a lot of information now and is definitely developing my game.”

What Mirojevic and the Warriors couldn’t honestly know on arrival was the impact they had on the players when Wiseman was drafted by the Warriors in 2020. During the long season from complications to the surgically repaired right meniscus, Kevon Looney at the center enjoyed the breakout season.

In the season before the Warriors used the top picks at Wiseman, Looney played only 20 games due to minor injuries and health problems. This past season, Looney has played all 82 regular seasons, earned MVP chants from dubnation, sent Memphis Grizzlies to the Western Conference semifinals, and spent $ 25.5 million as a free agent in the bay for three years. I signed a contract.

And as he saw, Wiseman was a sponge to playing on Looney’s court and what he had to say.

“When you look at him as a person, he’s a very humble person,” Wiseman said. “Also, he has a lot of wisdom, especially regarding his age. What is Kebon, 25, 26? Because Kebon is that age and has a lot of wisdom, I adopt it I ask a lot of questions. I am very interested. Seeing his process and what he had to experience, I asked questions, especially at a high level Throughout the playoffs when I was playing, I was really playing at a high level all year round.

“I really saw it and I got a lot of motivation. It gives me a lot of motivation, I keep working every day and I keep trying to be the best I can.”

Rooney, now a seven-year veteran and three-time champion, wasn’t 26 until this February. He’s always getting older, and his maturity reflects someone in their mid-thirties far more than their mid-twenties.

Kerr is one of the biggest Looney fans in the entire NBA circle, not just in the Warriors building. Car, who won five times as a player, knows that players like Rooney need to keep adding rings to their collection. Rooney knows inside and outside the system. His numbers don’t pop out of the page most nights, but he still plays right and makes the people around him better.

They have very different skill sets, but for the reasons mentioned above, we believe that Carr is a great example for Rooney to observe.

“James spent most of the year watching runes, watching tapes and asking questions,” Kerr said after the June 22nd season.

“What makes Loon so good is the nuances of his game. He knows how to set the right screen at the right time for Steph and Klay, when he rolls, when he rims. I know when to jump in or when to reach. Pocket if Steph is brit. He knows how to get the weak side out of the double team.

“It’s not just this happening. He works there. Rune hadn’t played in the first two years. Like James, he was injured. For James, than Rune. There will be no good mentor. “

Wiseman wasn’t in the room when Carr gave the answer last month. It is clear that he had heard those exact feelings for a long time, and it is rooted in how essential he was a student and studying far.

It’s no longer clear who one day the future of the position Rooney will play for the Warriors should be so that Rooney’s value isn’t lost in the car.

“It’s really just his IQ and love for the game,” Wiseman told NBC Sports Bay Area when asked about what he could take and add from Looney’s game. “His IQ can definitely be said. He can operate the system and [Steph Curry] Take a shot and get Steph’s open shot, [Klay Thompson] In the same way.And he is working together [Draymond Green] As a counterpart.

“I just look at it and it only makes my eyes bigger, because I can participate in this system and play at the same high level that Kevon Looney is playing. That’s me. Gives a lot of motivation to. “

Related: Wiseman, Warriors agree on his development for big off-season

It may have been natural for the relationship between Wiseman and Looney to become unstable or anxious. First for Rooney, where Wiseman is drafted very high as his expected alternative. And for Wiseman, who thrived in the absence of Looney and resigned as the Warriors’ number one priority over the off-season.

But that’s not the case. Both have dealt with the fair share of adversity as the Warriors. Both can call themselves champions, and coexisting as a center tandem only makes the current champion much better.

“I listen and observe,” says Wiseman. “I have no jealousy or malice. I love learning and trying to do what I can.”

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