NBA champ Andrew Wiggins talks winning culture in Golden State, Klay Thompson’s return and latest partnership
There’s a tendency within sports to take too much too fast from athletes.
It’s the habit of making rapid judgments and of fast letting go of the same athletes that we were so thrilled to cheer for only a few some years before.
From media to fans We often make quick decisions the extent to which an athlete has met or will meet the expectations we’ve placed on them, and often throw away their careers just a few years later.
Andrew Wiggins, #22 of the Golden State Warriors, poses for a photo alongside the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy after winning Game Six of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 16 2022 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Andrew Wiggins was one of the players that was at the forefront of our attention following his initial years as a part of the Minnesota Timberwolves were filled with numerous highlights, but not much winning following his selection as at No. first overall during 2014 NBA Draft.
Just two decades after the time Wiggins’ NBA game was in doubt, Wiggins is a NBA champion.
The moment that Wiggins had been traded to the Golden State Warriors in the year 2019 Many were skeptical about the move, asking whether Wiggins would ever be an important player on a roster that could win championships.
There was a change. The atmosphere in Golden State brought out the best in Wiggins.
“They let you play,” Wiggins told Fox News Digital. “They put everybody in a position to perform good. A great coaching team, fantastic organization, amazing people who know basketball. My teammates are fantastic. Being a part of the future Hall of Famer You learn a lot. They keep you interested.”
Golden State Warriors Andrew Wiggins playing in the #22 position in action, dribbles against Boston Celtics Al Horford, #42 in action, at TD Garden. Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals. (Photo by Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)
We usually blame the player for not meeting our high expectations, without realizing that sometimes all it needs to be done is a change in the scenery or a new voice in their ears.
“Steve Kerr is a fantastic coach. A player’s coach” Wiggins said. “He’s will put everybody in a position where they can perform good. He helps all his players gain confidence. When you’re playing on the field, he allows you play the game. Whatever you’re playing the one he’ll let the players enjoy it.
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“He maintains his group members motivated. He helps keep his team motivated and makes all team members accountable.
The transformation was incredible to witness. Wiggins transformed into more than just an effective defender, frequently assigned to guard the opposing team’s most offensive player during Golden State’s return to highest levels of the NBA.
Wiggins was the second-highest value Golden State player during the championship run — just behind Steph Curry with an average of 18.3 scores and 8.8 rebound per contest during the NBA Finals.
He’s becoming a sought-after professional and has teamed up with Invisalign which, Wiggins claims “is suitable for everybody.”
“We have an incredible partnership. One of the reasons why I chose to partner with Invisalign is that they have some of the top clear liner technology currently available,” Wiggins said of working with Invisalign.
“They’re top-of-the-line, and are accessible to everyone. They boost confidence and it’s simple. You’ll still be able to enjoy the rest of your life. You can eat whatever you like. Make whatever you like and have fun doing it. It’s not obvious which is why it can be helpful even if you don’t even realize that it’s doing something for you.
Andrew Wiggins, #22 of the Golden State Warriors, celebrates with the Larry O’Brien trophy after Game Six of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 16 2022 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
“It’s available to everyone. It can be helpful.”
It’s among sports’ best stories of a top athlete finally meeting the standards that were put in his path.
Through the years, Wiggins has been lucky to be able to play alongside some of the top players basketball players the NBA has ever witnessed, helping Curry as well as Draymond Green rise from the bottom of the NBA to become champions for the third time and also watching the fan-favorite Klay Thompson come back to court after suffering two terrible injuries.
“He’s such a wonderful person and I’m sure everyone who’s met Thompson is aware of how hard he’s worked,” Wiggins said when asking Thompson about his return to courts in January. “And the amount of work Thompson put in to be back. He suffered a catastrophic injury that he recovered from, but was then injured yet again. I think that affected the NBA world since he’s an excellent player and excellent person.
“To witness how hard he tried to be back and to witness the results after he’s back, was awe-inspiring. Every hooper would love to hear an inspiring comeback story. It’s priceless. His journey was priceless. It was thrilling to witness.”
Wiggins has plenty to contend with in the next few months, especially with the possibility of extending his contract for eight years when his contract is in the last season of his deal. In the meantime, Wiggins is simply enjoying his life as an NBA champion and is grateful that he is one of Golden State family.
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“I am a huge fan of Golden State,” Wiggins stated. “I enjoy the company. They take care of my family and me very well. I love it.”
Wiggins is a lesson to everyone – don’t be too quick to judge the athletes we enjoy watching. Sometimes, patience is needed.