Today was day one of the Sacramento Kings mini-camp for the Las Vegas Summer League, which means reporters were treated to an interview with Willie Cauley-Stein afterwards. Willie discussed a number of topics with the media, ranging from his new coach Dave Joerger to his new teammate, Skal Labissiere. Skal is the latest Kentucky player to become a King, and Willie said he’s enjoying taking the seven-foot Haitian under his wing.
“It’s cool, you know. He’s like a little brother, kind of like how Boogie is to me. You get to kind of pass it on and enjoy it together. We’re both basically rookies with a new coach and a new system. It’s cool to have another guy with you at your position that you all get to learn together and challenge each other too.”
This time last year, Willie was the rookie, and heading into his second summer league, he says he’s embracing the chance to help Skal, Georgios Papagiannis, and Isaiah Cousins adjust to the pro game.
“It’s mad different. From being the guy to like, you’re watching everybody to the guy that they’re watching you to see how to do things. They’re asking you questions and you’re teaching them along the way,” Willie said. “It’s good stuff. This is a leader role.”
We’ll get plenty of opportunities to watch Willie and Skal when the Kings tip off in the Vegas Summer League on Friday.