Today seems like it’s become Willie Cauley-Stein Day here on KSR, but I swear that wasn’t my intent. After hearing “concerns about his background” were hurting Willie’s stock, pro-Willie material started popping up left and right like it was fate. First it was the Team Blake tattoo, now this interview by The New York Post’s Steve Serby, which includes some answers only Willie can give. Here are my favorites:
About his conversation with Phil Jackson:
Q: What was it about what he said?
A: Well, I like to think I’m pretty intelligent, and he was talking way over me.
A: No, just life, really.
An unprompted answer about Blake Hundley:
Q: What drives you?
A: A couple of things. This little boy named Blake, who just passed away a couple of weeks ago, he had cancer, but I was like really close with him, so that drives me. And then also [when] people tell me I can’t do something, really drives me.
Why teams should draft him:
Q: I’m an NBA GM. Tell me why I should draft Willie Cauley-Stein.
A: I’m the greatest. Nah I’m playing. I just bring a unique personality and set of skills to a team. I’ve never been on a team where I didn’t get along with everybody. I feel like I make everybody better. I think I’m a rally dude. Through thick and thin, I’m going to be the same no matter what.
On how Kentucky prepared him for the next level:
Q: How so?
A: I feel like there’s college basketball, there’s Kentucky, and then there’s the pros. You probably got more publicity being at Kentucky than you do being in the pros. I feel like people probably know who I am just from basketball at Kentucky [more] than like so many in the league. There’s probably people that don’t even know somebody in the league because I played for Kentucky.
And my personal favorite:
Q: Did you miss not having a father growing up?
A: Wouldn’t you miss it?
As someone who’s received it once or twice, I can feel that withering “that was a stupid question” stare now. Never change, Willie.
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