According to James Ham of CSN, Willie Cauley-Stein showed up to Sacramento Kings’ camp out of shape. On the Coz and Bru show, Ham said “when you show up to camp and can’t run up and down the court without being so winded you have to pull yourself off the court, something is wrong.”
Now, this doesn’t exactly sounds like Cauley-Stein, who is known for being uber-athletic and always hustling. Could he be out of shape? It’s possible. But, it could also be Cauley-Stein’s sickle cell trait disorder acting up. Just a reminder sickle cell trait does affect endurance and can make it hard for Cauley-Stein to breathe.
Let’s hope it’s just a small battle with the trait and not being out of shape. As always, these things will play out and we’ll find out exactly what happened down the road. But, for the time being let’s all give Willie Trill some support as he starts his NBA career.