Golden State Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein’s said he’s “not a weirdo,” so he, when he was asked during an Ask Me Anything if he had any weird pregame rituals, he said no. But then he revealed what his pregame meal is – and it’s pretty weird.
He eats corn dogs before running out on the court for NBA games. Corn dogs. After his admission, he asked if that was weird.
“Naw, man, that’s cool as sh—,” responded the person who asked Cauley-Stein the question.
He’s wrong, Willie. It’s weird.
Cauley-Stein also revealed his favorite sports team that’s not in the NBA – the Kansas City Chiefs, which makes sense as it was the closest pro sports team to where he grew up in Spearville, Kan. In July, the Warriors’ center, who played football in high school, expressed interest in running routes and catching passes from Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
When Cauley-Stein played college basketball at the University of Kentucky, he sported the number 15, but DeMarcus Cousins, his former teammate on the Kings and the former Warriors player, had that number when Cauley-Stein was drafted in 2015. So he switched to the number 00. Why?
“Used to play the game Double 007 Goldeneye on N64…the rest is history,” he said during the AMA. Despite the influence of the Nintendo 64 classic, Cauley-Stein said his “all-time” favorite video game is Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. He also had opinions about the Halo franchise. “Halo 2 was dope. Halo 3 was better,” he said.
He also spoke about several people in the Warriors universe in recent years – Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, Steve Kerr, and Cousins.
Cauley-Stein, who started fishing this off-season while he waited for a team to sign him, said going fishing with Thompson “sounds like fun.”
He’s really excited about joining the Warriors, so much that he said in the AMA that he agreed to play for the team before he even heard how much they were going to pay him. He was also asked about what he’s looking forward to most when it comes to playing with Curry.
“Learning from one of the best to ever do it and growing my game,” Cauley-Stein said. “Really the entire team, being able to meet them and grow together is key!”
And here’s what he had to say about his new coach: “REALLY good coach…cares about the players. Gives off great energy. Haven’t talked a lot, but from the times I’ve spoken to him just makes me want to get to know him more.”
As far as the most challenging person to guard in the NBA? Cousins, who he will likely face several times when the Warriors take on Boogie’s new team, the Los Angeles Lakers, next season.
Interestingly enough, the person who was the hardest for Cauley-Stein to guard while he was a freshman in college was Seth Curry, Steph’s brother who played for the Santa Cruz Warriors during the 2013-14 season.
And when someone tried to enlist him in the Splash Brother family of Thompson and Curry, saying they’re “see [him] as a Splash Cousin,” he pointed to his new mustached off-season look, which he’s dubbed “Larry,” and gave a different take: “‘I’m a Splash Uncle! See that mustache??”
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