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What Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Did To Become A Better Player

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On Coach Cal saying his work ethic helped change things for this team …
“That could probably be a part of it, but I think that it’s each and every one of us realizing how much
we need each other to do what we want to do, which is going to be something special. Just trusting
each other and that’s what we weren’t doing a couple weeks ago and trying to do it ourselves and
stuff like that.”

On when he started working out early in the morning …
“I started doing that in like December.”

On what prompted him to do that …
“I just wanted to be the best that I could possibly be for this team. To do that, I had to put in extra
work. Those are the things I just do.”

On who first joined him …
“Quade (Green), in the morning. He was the first one.”

On whether there was a particular area he’s worked on …
“Yeah. My quickness and getting off my jump shot, the consistency of it.”

On whether he could feel it making a difference …
“Yeah, definitely. And also my confidence. Once you work and work as hard as I do, you gain
confidence and it translates to the game.”

On how much his court vision has improved …
“That’s one of the main things Coach is drilling personally with me, is my decision-making late in the
games and stuff like that. I think it’s gotten a lot better throughout the season. I’m working at it every
day, watching film and stuff like that with Coach (Joel Justus) and I feel like it’s getting better.”

On how much different things feel than a couple weeks ago …
“It’s a huge change. You go from being almost depressed and sad and disappointed in yourself to
happy and ready for the next challenge. It’s been a big change.”

On what Cal defined as his role …
“My role is to make plays for my teammates and myself and late in games have good decision-

On whether it’s nice to hear Calipari notice his hard work …
“Yeah. It’s cool, I guess, that he knows I’m working, but I haven’t been focusing on that. I’m just trying
to be the best I can be.”

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