10 Quotes from Jamal Murray and Skal Labissiere on draft night
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10 Quotes from Jamal Murray and Skal Labissiere on draft night

Drew Franklinover 5 years

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[caption id="attachment_201585" align="alignnone" width="874"]AP Photo | Frank Franklin II AP Photo | Frank Franklin II[/caption] Jamal Murray and Skal Labissiere did a lot of talking after hearing their names called in the first round of last night's draft. You'll find some of what they each had to say, below:  

Jamal Murray

1.) On the Mile High city... "Never been to Denver other than a connecting flight. But no, I have very good breathing. I know how to control it. I know what to do when I lack air. I think I'll fit perfectly. I'll just get better, even my meditation with that." 2.) On what Coach Cal taught him...
"He taught me a lot of 2-guard stuff, coming off screens, the angle to come off of, shot selection, the different reads that are going to be there when you get to the paint. Just a lot. A great college decision, the best school in the NCAA, and the best coach."
3.) On playing with Emmanuel Mudiay...
"Me and Mudiay, we played in the Hoops Summit together for one year. So I kind of got to see what he's like. He's a great player and he's a great guy. Family person, and we'll be a good team. We'll be working together and playing off each other."
4.) On what he brings to the Nuggets...
"Play-making, making that option that can pass for others and get others open with my shooting. Just going to be an all-around player, the player that you can't leave open, the player you've got to pay attention to on the court at all times."
5.) On falling to No. 7 in the draft...
"You know, what every player waits on, you're just waiting for your name to get called. You don't know what's behind the scenes, you don't know the trades, you don't know when the clock runs out what happens. You're just waiting for Adam Silver to make the announcement. So I was just patiently waiting, and I got picked up by a great team."

Skal Labissiere

1.) On his fall down the draft...
"It was tough at first, but one thing about the league, one thing about all of us now, everything starts over for all of us. We all start over once we get to that level. I'm excited to get to work. I know I have a bright future ahead of me."
2.) On how he fits in Sacramento...
"I think it's going to be a good fit learning from DeMarcus Cousins, Willie Cauley-Stein is there and I know him pretty well. Rajon Rondo, who's a really good point guard. I think they're going to help me a lot."
3.) On the biggest challenges ahead...
"The biggest learning experience, I think that will be for every rookie, getting used to the speed of the game, the physicality of the game. I'm going to work really hard to put weight on, get stronger. That won't be a problem for me. Those two things I would say."
4.) On what he brings to the Kings...
"My versatility. I'm very versatile. I can do a lot of different things on both ends of the floor, and I'm ready to go to work. So I'm not going to shy away from it."
5.) On how prepared he was for the draft and how it played out...
"I was prepared for anything. Anything could happen. I could have got picked earlier and got traded to somewhere else. But everything happens for a reason. I firmly believe that."

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2021-12-06