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Looks like MKG is ‘just fine’

Sep 16, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

Kentucky Wildcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist looks up after being fouled during the first half against the Kansas Jayhawks in the men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans Reuters

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was brilliant in Summer League.

For a whole game.

Then he was out with a knee. It was a really disappointing start to the forward’s time with Charlotte, as MKG is largely thought of as the start of their rebuilding plan. Then he disappeared. Not a word was said about Kidd-Gilchrist over the summer, and that’s going to lead to “whispers” or whatever about whether he’s healthy. Turns out he’s cool. From the Charlotte Observer:

After initially indicating he would not play in Kentucky’s charity game (it’s still unclear why he said that to Kentucky media), Kidd-Gilchrist was pretty impressive Saturday: 32 points on 15-of-32 shooting from the field. A game-high five rebounds.

His only hiccup Saturday was outside shooting range, a known flaw before the Bobcats drafted him second overall in June. Kidd-Gilchrist missed all four of his shots from 3-point range (though he made some 2-point jump shots).

Thanks to longtime friend Jerry Tipton, who covers Kentucky for the Lexington paper, for passing along how MKG did.

via Inside the NBA: An update (of sorts) on Charlotte Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

The shot is likely going to be a thing that comes and goes, and there’s a good chance if MKG reaches star level, he’s treated like Rondo. Rondo actually shot decently overall from mid-range last year, and yet the perception still continues that he needs to “learn how to shoot.”

But more importantly, he’s healthy enough to play in a charity exhibition, so he’s in all likelihood good for the start of the season, which should be a relief for the five Bobcats fans who are left after last season. If the Bobcats want to get out of the basement and build towards something, they need MKG to get off on the right foot… er… knee.

  1. ihavenonickname - Sep 16, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    I hadn’t thought of it before, but there could be a lot of similarities between MKG and Rondo

    • cosanostra71 - Sep 16, 2012 at 7:39 PM

      except for the part where Gilchrist is a 6’7″ forward

      • ihavenonickname - Sep 17, 2012 at 2:40 AM

        Geez people think outside the box a little… Kentucky, tough guy attitude, late bloomer?, great motor, good leader, has the “it” that makes you think they’d be good at anything they do, clean background…AND they can’t shoot.
        I mean it’s a reach, but I’m just trying to bring some insight

      • cosanostra71 - Sep 17, 2012 at 4:03 PM

        Kevin Durant is just like Royal Ivey. Texas, questions about strength, what position does he play? unassuming, quiet. Clean background, AND they can both shoot.

    • Eric Stafford - Sep 16, 2012 at 8:10 PM

      long arms and trouble shooting. HE MUST BE RONDO

  2. ncarolinarn7 - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Rondo breaks down defenses and gets others their shot. I bet MKG will be mediocre at best. Get traded and Charlotte get nothing for him. Welcome to the Bobcats franchise.

  3. aldavis4president - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Ncarolinarn7 your blind if you can’t see that this guy is gna be a baller!!

    If he can live up to his expectations, (which I think he will) him, kemba, Henderson and byombo iz a nice nucleus to build around..

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