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Skal Labissiere is working hard to improve, silence critics

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

After being selected 28th overall in last year’s NBA Draft, Skal Labissiere had a long road ahead of him. First, his goal was to impress the coaches enough to earn a spot on the roster. The Sacramento Kings were already loaded with former Kentucky big men DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein.

Once he solidified his spot with the Kings, Skal then had to compete for time on the court. His rookie season had a lot of ups and downs, with more ups towards the end of this season. After Cousins was traded to the Pelicans, Labissiere was able to earn more playing time. From there, Skal began to showcase his tendency to attack rebounds and block opposing shots left & right. 

“Skal seems like a meek, humble, quiet guy off the court,” veteran guard Garrett Temple said, “but when he gets between the lines, he is a very different person. He attacks rebounds. He has immense talent and an excellent work ethic. He is receptive to coaching. He wants to be a great, great player in this league.”

With his first NBA season coming to a close, there’s much more room for improvement. This Summer, Skal plans to add more muscle mass in the weight room. He also looks forward to another great week in Las Vegas during the NBA Summer League. According to him, there’s no time to rest during the offseason. Here’s what he had to say about his pace for improving:

“I’m feeling a little more comfortable out there,” Labissiere said, with a soft smile. “It’s me learning at my own pace, not getting rushed, learning how to see things on the court. It’s not about the next three or four games, it’s about the next couple years, learning how to play with each, develop our chemistry. I’m nowhere near (physically) where I want to be. But this should be a fun summer. Lots of time with the weights, and working on all aspects of my game.”

It’ll be fun to watch how Skal improves in the years to come. He’s still a young player, with every intent to prove critics wrong for passing him up in the draft.

You can read more about Skal Labissiere’s rookie year in the following article by the Sacramento Bee:


Article written by Kory Henry

"We will kick, pass, and run, til the battle is won!" Bleeding blue since 1990. @KoryHenryKSR

5 Comments for Skal Labissiere is working hard to improve, silence critics

  1. MasterBurglar
    5:48 pm April 9, 2017 Permalink

    I’m happy that Skal has been working hard this season. Keeping hisself focused and maintaining a positive attitude.

    I wish the best for him in his future.

  2. DrewP
    8:39 am April 10, 2017 Permalink


  3. bdmnky81
    8:59 am April 10, 2017 Permalink

    Always thought he was a good kid. Also thought the only thing holding him back was his passive attitude. Im glad he has developed some fight. The tools are there for him to be a poor mans Dirk, I hope he exceeds that!

  4. Sentient Third Eye
    9:41 am April 10, 2017 Permalink

    Looks like he’s coming along nicely. In hindsight, it was grossly unfair to expect a lot out of him from one year of college. Looks like he’s going to make a fine pro, and he’s already yet another fine representative of former Wildcats.

  5. JusSayin
    12:28 pm April 10, 2017 Permalink

    This is what happens when you let a stretch 4 play stretch 4 instead of trying to turn him into Hakeem Olajuwon