Just because Warriors center James Wiseman is out with a sprained wrist doesn’t mean he’s not making a difference in the Bay Area.
The 19-year-old rookie helped ring in the Lunar New Year by participating in a question-and-answer video chat with local Mandarin-speaking students. As you can see via the tweet below, courtesy of Betty Yu of KPIXtv, Wiseman is fluent in the official language of China.
Not only is he fluent, Wiseman appears to be having fun. He learned how to speak Mandarin in high school because of the NBA’s popularity in China. Pretty cool stuff. His team didn’t have fun on Lunar New Year night, however, losing to Kevin Durant and the Nets in lopsided fashion, but the Year of the Ox clearly still provided some good vibes on the evening.
Golden State needs its talented rookie on the floor soon though, regardless of what language he’d like to speak. The No. 2 pick in this year’s draft is coming along nicely but has to keep progressing, and the only way to do that is to get back into coach Steve Kerr’s rotation. He’s expected to do so soon, thankfully, because it appears that he can be a franchise player on the court and within the community as well.
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