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Now comfortable, Shake Milton is looking for consistency in his fourth year as a Sixer



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A wide grin sprouted across Shake Milton’s face as he stared past the fleet of reporters and toward the video monitor behind them, while perking up his shoulders during Monday’s Media Day.

“Man, I’m looking at the screen right now, like, ‘Bro, I look kinda swole,” Milton said playfully.

To rectify that 180, Milton – who dipped from 43 percent beyond the arc as a sophomore to 35 percent last year – said he “Spent the majority of summer working on defense and 3s.” Specifically, “Old school lane slides” to refine getting and staying in a defensive stance and improve his lateral mobility were the focus. “I’ll tell you, last year, that was something that really ate at me. Of course, you’re on the sidelines supporting your teammates, but you wanna help them win. For me, I think defense is gonna be the key to that, so just put in a bunch of work.”

Following the second day of training camp on Wednesday, Rivers, unprompted, praised Milton for the way he led the second unit. At various points last season, Rivers said an emphasis from the coaching staff was for Milton to grow into a point guard and become a better passer rather than the pure scorer he’s primarily served as thus far in the NBA.

“You can tell he’s put a lot of work in at that position, where last year, honestly, he came into the year and had no idea that he’d be a point guard,” Rivers said Wednesday.

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