When Willie Cauley-Stein was playing for the Sacramento Kings, he was often tagged as someone who didn’t work hard enough to be successful in the NBA. The former Cat heard the noise, and he couldn’t have disagreed with it more. Now that he’s with the Warriors, Cauley-Stein is working on a total rebrand; he’s a player hoping to win a championship and prove he deserves to be there.
In a new piece by Marc J. Spears with ESPN’s the Undefeated, Cauley-Stein defends himself, his work ethic and his face tattoos. You can read the article, titled “Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein is more than meets the eye,” for free by clicking here.
“I want people to look at me, think I’m some thug and then talk to me and realize this dude is intelligent. Just completely different than what we thought,” Cauley-Stein said in the article. “And that’s my whole movement. You can’t look at me and already put some tag on me.”
Cauley-Stein also commented on the Warriors’ struggles so far this season, including multiple injuries to key players.
“This is still a winning program, and they run it like a winning program whether we lose every game or not. The fans and the coaches are still going to be on some winning [shit]. That matters, man,” Cauley-Stein said. “I will run through a wall for Coach [Steve] Kerr just based off of the last month of me conversing with him every day. You can’t say that about a lot of other teams.”
For more from Cauley-Stein, including his decision to sign with Warriors, his plans for the future and even his passion for art, check out the full article below.