Q. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has the early morning sessions. Do you see any MKG (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist) at all in his habits?
JOHN CALIPARI: ”
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had the morning breakfast club. This kid goes at 7 a.m. But he also watches tape. He’ll go up and show me turnovers, show me what you want. What he was missing was any kind of skip, he couldn’t see it. And so you’ve got to keep showing them. Then when he does it you have to reward him. Now you see him come down and throw skip passes. But it took two months.
“And he has a spirit about him, a smile. Every Canadian kid — I don’t know why I don’t get every Canadian kid, Jamal Murray, Trey, Michael, they all like have smiles, and they have — when Jamal would come and practice he’d look at me and go, Coach. Like, I wasn’t smiling. Smile.
“And so his spirit starts moving us that way. He was the one guy that was having fun. The other guys on this team two months ago, everything was a struggle. This kid was just smiling and laughing. I kept bringing it up, Be like him. Happy-go-lucky.
“But he’s working. On time for everything. Never late for anything. Goes to class, does all that he’s supposed to do. And look at him, he’s playing himself into being one of the best players in the country.”