Near the end of his rocky rookie season, in April 2021, Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman learned he had a torn meniscus requiring surgery on his right knee. He cried as he sat in the Chase Center garage, struggling to digest the news. Then he cried for the next several days.
Wiseman plunged into a dark place at times over the next 15 months. He couldn’t play basketball and daily life was daunting: He wore a brace and needed crutches, making it difficult to use the bathroom or take a shower.