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Willie Cauley-Stein gets philosophical with his artworks, draws inspiration from Jimi Hendrix and Naruto

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Willie Cauley-Stein logged 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Dallas Mavericks on Friday as they narrowly fell to the Milwaukee Bucks, 112-109. Cauley-Stein has been playing a key role for the Mavericks as of late, but as it turns out, basketball is not his only passion.

WCS is an artist at heart and he’s actually quite an impressive painter. When asked about his art, the 27-year-old shared there is a stigma in the NBA against players pursuing their other passions (via Anthony Olivieri of ESPN).

“They put that tag on you. ‘Well, you don’t love basketball because you do other things.’ You’re like, ‘What?’ I bet there are a lot more (artists in the NBA than we know about) just for that reason. They don’t want people to know.”

The seven-foot Cauley-Stein also revealed some of his inspirations for his artworks, including Bruce Lee and Pac-Man. According to the former sixth overall pick, rock icon Jimi Hendrix also has a huge influence on his art.

“I just got him tatted on my leg. I just love everything he did for me, man. He is the embodiment of ‘jiggy’ and just the creativity that he brought, flipping the guitar upside down and playing that new sound, is just revolutionary to the game.”

WCS also expressed his infatuation with the Rennaisance era, something that he is “really, really into.” The same can be said about his love for a popular Japanese anime.

“My crew is infatuated with anime and the Naruto story. I mean, it’s pretty much the bible to us.”

Willie Cauley-Stein is one unique individual and art has been one of the biggest expressions of his personality.