Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Rumors

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Position: G
Born: 07/12/98
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:180 lbs. / 81.6 kg.
Salary: $3,952,920
As he spoke and the speaker above cut in and out, Gilgeous-Alexander balanced between a player who knows he belongs and one who understands he has plenty to learn. “I am not Russell Westbrook,” Gilgeous-Alexander said with no malice. “I do not have the same name, same body type, stuff like that. So, I’m just going to try to be myself and be the best me and everything else will take care of itself. “I’m just a basketball player. Regardless of the situation, I’m going to continue to work hard and play my game. I know that eventually it will come out. I don’t worry about starting. I’m not worried about accolades or things like that. I just work hard, keep my head down and (stay) true to who I am.”
As Oklahoma City nears a rebuild, the hope is that Gilgeous-Alexander will be an integral part of whatever rises from its teardown, the first foundational piece of the Thunder’s next era. These are new expectations for him. He seemed on Thursday as unfazed by them as by that PA call for Ms. Harrington. “I am not Russell Westbrook,” said Gilgeous-Alexander, whose easy demeanor with reporters underscored the point. “We do not have the same name, same body type, nothing like that. I’m just gonna try to be myself and be the best me. Everything else will take care of itself.”
There are things he’s learned from Paul that Gilgeous-Alexander said he’d “like to keep secret,” but he said Paul has been beneficial in helping him “in terms of thinking them game.” “He’s obviously a really good player,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “He’s been a really good player for a really long time, and I guy that I looked up to growing up. So I’ll continue to learn from him as long as I get to”
Eventually, though, the expectation — at least from the outside — is that the Thunder one day will be Gilgeous-Alexander’s team, the way they once were Westbrook’s. Despite that connection, the youngster and and the former MVP have precious little in common beyond their position and eye for eclectic fashion. “He’s done obviously a lot of great things for the city and the organization,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “Set the bar pretty high. But I’m not trying to chase his achievements or anything like that. He’s just done a great job and deserves to be commended for it.”