One of the more intriguing storylines of this past offseason was the status of Golden State Warriors wing Andrew Wiggins.
With Klay Thompson out, there was a fair case to be made that Wiggins was Golden State’s second or third best player. Unfortunately, for a while there it seemed like he wouldn’t be permitted to play because of his COVID-19 vaccination status.
Eventually, begrudgingly, he agreed to get his shots.
On Friday, as COVID-19 has begun to spread indiscriminately among vaccinated NBA players, Wiggins was presented with a question regarding his decision over the summer.
Was he happy that he got vaccinated in light of what was happening around the league?
“No, I’m not,” Wiggins replied. “But it is what it is.”
It’s worth remembering that while the entire drama surrounding Wiggins’ status was unfolding this past summer, his teammate Draymond Green had a pretty strong take on the situation. That no doubt played some role in matter as well.
It’s also interesting to think about how Wiggins feels in light of what’s happening with Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving right now.
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Obviously Wiggins is still a bit salty about having to get vaccinated, but he has had a very strong season for the Warriors so far. He is averaging nearly 19 points per game on a career-high 49.1 percent from the field, and obviously he would not have the opportunity to do that had he not gotten his shots.
Will Wiggins’ selfless decision this summer help lead Golden State to a title this year? Time will tell.