Warriors expect James Wiseman, Patrick Baldwin Jr., Ryan Rollins fully healthy

Warriors expect James Wiseman, Patrick Baldwin Jr., Ryan Rollins fully healthy

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SAN FRANCISCO — Things are different this time around for the Warriors entering training camp — in a good way. Another Larry O’Brien trophy is nothing new. The same goes for having new people in the building.

What’s different about training camp, which begins Saturday at the Chase Center, is the fact that the Warriors will come into camp and preseason with a completely clean slate. No more setbacks, no more question marks.

James Wiseman has been good to go all offseason after pitching four straight games in the Las Vegas Summer League. Rookies Patrick Baldwin Jr. (ankle) and Ryan Rollins (foot) are out for the entire summer league. This is no longer the case.

None of these three will be limited to practice or the preseason, barring a later issue appearance.

What coach Steve Kerr will do in the preseason is make sure everyone gets minutes. All 20 players on their training camp roster will travel with the team to Japan on Tuesday for their two preseason games against the Washington Wizards, and all will see time at some point.

That also means being smart with veteran stars like Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

“We expect everybody to be ready to go,” Kerr said Thursday at the Chase Center. “But we’ll take precautions for anybody, especially our veterans, if there’s anything, you know, especially early in camp, we want to make sure we get them up at the right pace.

“We’ll get a good feel for it in the first day or two.”

Everyone is excited to get a taste of what Baldwin and Rollins can bring to Golden State, not only this season but more importantly in the future. However, the spotlight will shine more brightly on Wiseman. He is entering his third NBA season and this will be his first training camp.

A combination of injuries and COVID kept him out the first two years. Playing four straight games this summer in Las Vegas was the longest streak he’s played since April 2021, before his rookie year was cut short by a knee injury that lingered longer than anyone might have imagined.

Still just 21 years old, Wiseman is finally getting the key reps and experience every young player in the NBA desperately needs.

“I think what James missed between two training camps and two summer leagues, as well, is all the key things that young players need,” Kerr said. “It’s not 30 years ago where Patrick Ewing plays four years at Georgetown or Tim Duncan plays four years at Wake Forest and you have these guys that are ready to go right away.

“In a case like James, you have three games in college and zero training camp, zero summer leagues. So now the fundamentals come in. His work ethic is fantastic. His approach, his attitude … he’s beloved by teammates It’s seeing how hard he works.

“So now it’s all about experience. He’s just got to keep playing and we’ve got to keep being patient and allow that development to happen at an organic, natural pace.”

Kerr and the Warriors want and expect gradual growth and progress from Wiseman. They won’t throw him to the wolves right out of the gate like they did during his rookie year. Slowly but surely, the coaching staff will be able to predict what will bring him to full strength.

One player they won’t have to guess about when it comes to envisioning him without restrictions is one who is 11 years older than Wiseman. This is Klay Thompson, who is completing his first healthy offseason since entering the 2018-19 season.

His coach is still amazed at what Thompson has done for the Warriors in a championship season after missing the previous two and a half years with two different leg injuries, and is looking forward to watching him go full-go again.

“Our coaching staff has told us repeatedly and told him last year that he’s going to be better this year than the second half of last year just because of the nature of the rehab,” Kerr said. “I expect him to have a big year and be more consistent.

“I thought he showed he was still himself last year, but it was more sporadic. I think he’ll be more consistent this year. I think we’re all looking forward to that.”

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It might be Roger Waters getting ready for his gig on the Warriors’ home court, but Kerr’s sentiments are music to Dub Nation’s ears.

The Warriors have thus far checked the biggest box and most vital concern facing any team: health. Knock on wood and put your worries aside. Warriors basketball is officially back.

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