Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins holds no grudges against LeBron James, Cavs ahead of NBA playoff matchup: “It’s the business side of basketball”

The Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins has expressed his admiration for LeBron James ahead of Game 5 of the second-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers. Wiggins acknowledged that matching up with James is a big game and an exciting challenge. He aims to make the four-time NBA champion as uncomfortable as possible on the court.


The Warriors are currently down 3-1 in the series and will have to win the game to keep their playoff hopes alive. A loss would result in an early elimination and an unsettling offseason for the team, with potential trades and organizational turnover.

One intriguing aspect of the series has been the matchup between Wiggins and James, who indirectly affected Wiggins’ career when he returned to Cleveland as a free agent. Shortly after the Cavaliers selected Wiggins with the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, James announced his plans to join the team.

In his Sports Illustrated letter, James expressed excitement over playing with future teammates but left Wiggins out. The Cavaliers later traded Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a deal for Kevin Love. Cleveland won an NBA title in the midst of four Finals appearances against Golden State from 2015 to 2018.

Wiggins expressed a mature outlook on the situation, acknowledging that it is the business side of basketball and that people get traded all the time. He holds no hard feelings towards James or the Cavaliers organization and recognizes that both he and Cleveland have rings.

As the Warriors look to avoid elimination in Game 5, Wiggins’ focus remains on his performance against James and the Lakers. Despite the outcome of the series, the experience of playing against one of the greatest players in NBA history could be valuable for Wiggins’ growth as a player.

Wiggins’ comments highlight the respect and admiration that NBA players have for each other, even in the midst of intense competition. His mature outlook on his trade from Cleveland shows a willingness to accept the realities of the sport and focus on his own growth as a player.

As the NBA playoffs continue, fans can look forward to more exciting matchups and intriguing storylines, showcasing the talent and sportsmanship of some of the world’s greatest athletes.


Andrew Wiggins’ Changed Perspective: From Personal Point-making to Team Basketball

Andrew Wiggins used to approach games against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers with the aim of proving his worth. However, the 26-year-old’s perspective shifted in 2019-20 after being traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Golden State Warriors. Wiggins, who is now focused on winning, has become an integral part of the Warriors team, which is currently facing a 3-1 series deficit against James’ Los Angeles Lakers.

Despite Golden State’s struggles, Wiggins has been productive, averaging 14.8 points on 44.7% shooting and 5.8 rebounds through the first four games of the series. He has also impressed coach Steve Kerr with his conditioning and defensive effort, and according to NBA.com’s tracking data, has held James to inefficient marks from the field and beyond the arc whenever he has been the primary defender.

Wiggins acknowledges that scoring is important to him, but he also recognizes the importance of playing good defense against top players like James. “Any time you face someone that’s great, you want to do your best. It’s your chance to go out there, play some good defense and help your team win,” Wiggins said.

“LeBron is one of the key pieces to his team with [Anthony Davis] and [Russell] there. They have good pieces to the team. So, I have to go out there and make it hard for them,” he added.

The Warriors’ struggles in the playoffs have been partly due to turnovers and foul trouble, and Jordan Poole’s inconsistent performances have led to a reduced role. Nevertheless, the team has been pleased with Wiggins’ play and his commitment to team basketball.

Wiggins’ approach to playing against James has evolved over the years, and he has come to appreciate the importance of putting team success above individual accomplishments. “I was in a different position. I was in Minnesota. I had the ball a lot more than now. The team I’m on now is a lot more talented than it was in Minnesota. I got Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. I’m on a squad full of great players. Now, it’s about team basketball,” Wiggins said.

As the Warriors look to keep their playoff hopes alive, Wiggins’ defensive efforts against James and his overall contribution to the team’s success could be crucial factors in determining where they end up.


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