Warriors rookie James Wiseman benched for first three quarters after missing COVID-19 testing
Golden State Warriors rookie James Wiseman was benched for the first three quarters Thursday against the Los Angeles Clippers after missing mandatory COVID-19 testing during the All-Star break. He played the entire fourth, scoring 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting and grabbing seven rebounds in the Warriors’ 130-104 loss.
“I made a huge mistake and I most definitely will not do that again,” said Wiseman, a 19-year-old who was the overall No. 2 pick in the 2020 draft. “I made sure I apologized to coach. I was mad so I had to make sure I just went out there and played hard.”
Wiseman wasn’t allowed to practice a day earlier because of the missed testing.
“You’ve got to take care of your business. Everything matters,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He responded exactly as I had hoped he would. He competed with energy and that bodes well.”
Stephen Curry said the players discussed Wiseman’s mistake, although the punishment was Kerr’s decision.
“There are learning curves for everybody in this league,” Curry said. “The quicker you learn those things and just make it about basketball, the better.”