Willie Cauley-Stein Rumors
Ailene Voisin: George Karl’s absence from Willie Cauley-Stein noticed. Not all coaches show at intro pressers, but given the drama? Cited family reasons. George Karl in Denver for daughter’s swim meet (only 2 of 8 he can attend) and annual birthday party for his two grandkids. Absence noted.
The Sacramento Kings introduced Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein, their first-round draft choice, to the local media on Saturday. He was on a day-long, meet-and-greet Sacramento tour. “He’s somebody who can really help us improve our team,” said Kings executive Vlade Divac at the news conference introducing his new player. He said Cauley-Stein brings skills to help the team on both offense and defense. “He’s fast. I wouldn’t like to play against him,” said Divac, who was pretty quick for big man himself when he was in the NBA with the Kings, Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Hornets.
One day after he ignored the seemingly-endless threats from the DeMarcus Cousins’ camp and drafted a big man in Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein with the sixth pick who should fit quite nicely alongside his disgruntled big man if he suits up for the Kings next season, Divac made it clear that he’s not about to be bullied in his new role. “I just was tired last week, or days, of these rumors, and putting a lot of stuff on our back, making this even harder than it is,” Divac said in an interview with Sacramento radio station KHTK 1140 Friday morning. “I try to be who I am, and try to do my job best I can and try to do the best I can for the franchise. I’m not going to let somebody change my mind because they’re putting (threats in) the paper or putting the pressure on me. I’ll do the best I can to improve this team.”
Willie Cauley-Stein received a hero’s welcome from his newest fans upon arriving in Sacramento for the first time since being selected by the Kings in Thursday’s NBA Draft. The 21-year-old, seven-foot center, selected sixth overall out of Kentucky, was overwhelmed by over 100 Kings fans, who showed up to greet Cauley-Stein at Sacramento International Airport late Friday night. “I was not expecting this, this was amazing,” Cauley-Stein told News10. “[Kings fans] are as passionate as I’ve heard, so I’m hyped. I’m excited about it”