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There is a tendency in sports to expect too much. too quickly out of the athletes.
This is a tendency to hasty judgments; due to the fact that we too quickly abandoned the very athletes for whom we so wanted to root just a few years ago.
We are all to blame for this.
As fans and media alike, we are often quick to decide whether an athlete will live up to the expectations we have set for him, often giving up his career in just a few years.
Andrew Wiggins was one of those players who was our focus after his first few years as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. 1st pick in the 2014 NBA draft.
Now, just a few years after his NBA career in doubtWiggins is an NBA champion.
When Wiggins was sold Golden State Warriors in 2019many questioned the move, wondering if Wiggins could ever be a key cog on the champion list.
Then something happened. The Golden State culture brought out the best in Wiggins.
“They just let you play your game,” Wiggins told Fox News Digital. “They give everyone the opportunity to succeed. Great coaching staff, great organization, wonderful people around who understand basketball. And my teammates are amazing. You learn a lot by playing alongside future Hall of Famers. They keep you motivated.”
We often only blame the athlete for not living up to our high expectations, not realizing that sometimes all it takes is a change of scenery or another voice in their ear.
“Steve [Kerr] great coach. “Player Coach,” Wiggins said, “He will help everyone succeed. He instills confidence in his players and when you’re on the court he lets you play your game. Whatever your game is, he lets you play it.
“He keeps his team motivated. He supports his team and makes everyone accountable.
The turn was amazing to watch. Wiggins became a more than reliable defenseman who was often tasked with guarding the opposition’s top offensive lineman throughout Golden State’s return to the top of the NBA.
Wiggins was arguably the Golden State’s second most valuable player throughout the entire season. behind only Steph Curry – Averaged 18.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in the NBA Finals.
Now he’s a sought-after player partnered with Invisalign, which Wiggins says is “for everyone.”
“We have a great partnership and one of the reasons I wanted to work with Invisalign is because they now have the most advanced clear pads in the world,” Wiggins said of working with Invisalign.
“They’re first class and it’s available to everyone. They give you confidence and it’s easy. You can still enjoy your daily life. Eat what you want. Do what you want and enjoy your time. You don’t feel it, so it’s helps you even if you don’t know it helps you.
“It’s there for everyone. And it really helps.”
This is one of the best stories about sports, about an excellent athlete, finally living up to the expectations placed on him.
Along the way, Wiggins was lucky enough to play with some of the best players in the NBA, helping Curry and Draymond Green rise from the depths of the NBA to become champions for the fourth time and watch their favorite fans. Klay Thompson returns to court after two serious injuries.
“He’s such a great guy and I feel like everyone who’s been around him knows how hard he works,” Wiggins said when asked about Thompson’s return to court in January. “And how much work he did to get back. He had a devastating injury, came back and then got hurt again. And I feel like it hit the NBA world because he’s such a great player and a great guy.”
“Seeing how hard he worked to get back and then seeing the success once he got back was amazing. Any hooper loves to watch a comeback story. It’s priceless. And his journey was priceless. watch. “
Wiggins has a lot to do in the coming months as he is eligible for an eight-year professional contract extension as he enters the final year of his contract. For now, Wiggins is just enjoying the life of an NBA champion and grateful to be part of the Golden State family.
“I love Golden State,” Wiggins said. “I love this organization. They treat me and my family so well. I like it”.
Wiggins is a lesson for all of us – don’t be so quick to judge the athletes we love to watch. Sometimes a little patience is required.