Willie Cauley-Stein was born with the tools to become an NBA player — he is an athletic, bouncy seven-footer. He won the genetic lottery.
But that alone does not get one to the NBA, in his case as a key part of the future of the Sacramento Kings. It’s a road with a lot of detours and pitfalls that could have taken the boy from a small town in Kansas other directions. He talks about all of it in a fantastic new video autobiography for Vice.