Golden State Warriors

James Wiseman plays 5-on-5 basketball in ramp-up to return

Finally, it appears the return of Warriors center James Wiseman is a drawing near. After participating in multiple games of actual basketball, in the form of a 3-on-3 scrimmage, Wiseman took part in a 5-on-5 session on Tuesday, according to multiple sources, starting with general manager Bob Myers.

Here’s what Myers said Tuesday morning on 95.7 The Game’s Morning Roast with Bonta Hill.

Myers’ musings were confirmed by The Athletic’s Anthony Slater shortly thereafter.

The news, which has been long-awaited in Golden State, was further, further confirmed by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau.

Warriors center James Wiseman participated in his first 5-on-5 scrimmage Tuesday since he underwent knee surgery in mid-April, a league source confirmed with The Chronicle.

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

The BASH just had to make sure this news was real. Wiseman has been out of action recovering from a torn meniscus for nearly a year now.

His size and athleticism are missed sorely on the Warriors, especially with forward Draymond Green out with injury as well. Wiseman may be young and coming off a major injury, but I believe he’ll help Golden State tremendously, and right away, too.

A screen-and-roll option with superstar guard Stephen Curry and Wiseman has already proven effective. It might actually help Curry, too; the world’s greatest shooter has shot a low percentage from the field this season. Sometimes the Warriors simply need a change of pace/tactics, and Wiseman will provide just that, as long as he keeps building his momentum toward his real return to live NBA action.

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