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Thunder: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander appears on NBA Instagram Live

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s video feed flickered onto the NBA’s Instagram Live on Tuesday afternoon. The NBA has been connecting with its fans during the coronavirus pandemic through NBA Together Live sessions. 

On Tuesday, it was Gilgeous-Alexander’s turn to take over the account with his cousin, Pelicans rookie Nickeil Alexander-Walker.

The two talked about the possibility of the season restarting -- “You need a warm-up,” Gilgoeus- Alexander said. “You can’t just go back (into playoffs) -- and how often their teams get together on video calls -- the Thunder does once a week, according to Gilgeous-Alexander -- before taking questions from fans. 

Here are some of Gilgeous-Alexander’s answers: 

What are the top three Jordan shoes that you own?

“Either Off-White Chicago 1s, or ‘85 Chicago 1s first. I’ll go ‘85s one, Off-Whites, and then -- they’re not my favorite, but the shoe I wear the most right now is the Off-White 5s.”

How has Chris Paul helped your game?

"From a leadership standpoint, super vocal, always talking, to the point where sometimes it’s like, ‘Alright buddy, we get it.’ But everything he says, it needs to be said, and I can’t even count the situations where I apply something that Chris has said. That’s helped a lot.  And then probably his work ethic. I think I have a pretty good work ethic, but his work ethic challenged mine. I’m more the kind of guy who loves the game, loves hoops, so I’m always with the ball in my hand, but I wasn’t too much in the weight room as much as I was on the court. That’s a big part of development that Chris opened my eyes to, to work on your body as well as your skillset, whatever it may be.

What are your favorite shoe to play basketball in?

“I’m going to go (Nike) Kobe 4s … I love the Kobe 1s, but they’re heavy. But I love the way they feel.”

What’s your favorite food?

“My favorite kind of food is Jamaican food, obviously. Beef patty, chicken patty. Have you had oxtail patty? It’ll change your life. Rice and peas, fried chicken, that’s the best food, hands down.”

What’s your favorite memory from college?

“SEC Championship. Easily. Final game, we played Tennessee. We were up like 15 (points) early, they came back, up five, and it was a close game for the whole second half. And then we pulled it out in the end. That was a good game.”

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Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, right, poses for a photo after swapping jerseys with Nickeil Alexander-Walker of the Pelicans after an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, right, poses for a photo after swapping jerseys with Nickeil Alexander-Walker of the Pelicans after an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019....

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