The Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Andrew Wiggins No. 1 overall but he’ll be making his NBA debut in a Minnesota Timberwolves uniform when the season opens in October.
Wiggins is being shipped to the Wolves as part of the Kevin Love trade, and it’s something that may anger Wiggins into becoming not only Rookie of the Year but will him into being the player he’s supposed to be and more.
Michael Lee of The Washington Post opines that the thing that Wiggins needed to motivate him into becoming a star player happened already — he’s been rejected less than a few months into his NBA career. The question now is, will this spark a rivalry between LeBron James and Andrew Wiggins over broken hearts and hurt feelings?
Now, he has the ultimate source of motivation – a rejection from the game’s best player and proof that his omission from James’s homecoming love letter to Northeast Ohio wasn’t a mere coincidence.
Wiggins needed his heart broken.
The game’s greats have excelled by using real or imagined slights to push their talents to extreme levels. And this was a special sort of slight. … In prior situations in which he was challenged and forced into action, Wiggins responded with brilliance.
Lee isn’t wrong, as one of the reasons many are pegging Wiggins as having a great year ahead of him is the fact that he’s a lover scorned. It could spark a rivalry between the two players too — which would be great for the NBA — but the fact that the Wolves play in the West and the Cavs are out East means they’ll rarely meet.
Still, an NBA Finals meeting isn’t out of the question over the course of Wiggins’ career and that would be the ultimate way to settle the score between Wiggins and LeBron.
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