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The Greatness of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Praised

I didn’t get to attend the NBA Summer League this year and it made me quite sad. The Summer League is, as Bill Barnwell of Grantland noted today, “summer camp for basketball junkies.” If you love the game of basketball, getting the chance to see the college players that you followed over the years play in such an intimate setting is a great treat. This year’s version had seven former Cats compete in Vegas and Barnwell noted that part of the greatness of the event was watching the developing stardom of one Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

First, there’s the blessing of watching a player who is head and shoulders above everybody else on the court take over a game. You can see that on television, and it translates even better at an NBA game, but when it’s in front of a thousand people in a women’s basketball gym, it’s plain as day. Take Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s performance in the Bobcats-Kings game from the first night, a game that basically ended up serving as the quintessential example of the Tao of summer league for me. On a court with the likes of Kemba Walker and Thomas Robinson, themselves fellow college stars, it would seem unlikely that a versatile, subtle player like MKG would really dominate a game. Well, it happened, and it was beautiful. It felt like watching a pickup game where everyone on the court knows one guy is going to do just about whatever he wants whenever he wants … except with a group of NBA-caliber players watching a rookie during his first game in a pro jersey.

Barnwell is correct. Gilchrist is special and watching him dominate a game can be described as beautiful. The Summer League is a chance to separate the haves from the have nots, and if we didn’t know it before, we know it now. Kidd-Gilchrist is a have and one that Kentucky fans are going to be proud to watch blossom in the years to come.

Article written by Matt Jones

11 Comments for The Greatness of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Praised

  1. Moonpie
    8:50 pm July 23, 2012 Permalink

    Just wanted to say first one time. First

  2. carry?
    9:06 pm July 23, 2012 Permalink

    I love me some MKG, but i’m pretty sure that picture depicts a definitive carry, no?

  3. SexnNursinHomes
    9:13 pm July 23, 2012 Permalink

    1- you do know this is the teabagging line don’t you? congrats. 1st doesn’t always mean “win”.

    Thanks for the post Jones. Missed that one

  4. You Can Call Me Cal
    9:16 pm July 23, 2012 Permalink

    I hope you’re right, but I had the thought (and didn’t watch the game) that maybe MKG played so well because it was the Summer League. He is the type of player who doesn’t have a “Summer League game” if you will. If He is playing, it’s all out, versus the other guys maybe only brought their summer league games; so it made MKG look a lot better, but really it was just that he was playing a lot harder.

  5. Catlogic15
    9:28 pm July 23, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, will try to call show tomorrow. Was in Las Vegas and saw Lamb, Jones, Teague, and Jorts play. Good news is Bradlley Beal is really, really good and will help Wall immensely. Teague small and struggling, etc. Jones ready, tough, focused. Jorts should have lucrative journeyman career. Lamb quick but always challenged detrimentally inside.

  6. geez
    9:30 pm July 23, 2012 Permalink

    I know the football team sucks, but how bout some coverage? I mean the season is about to start.

  7. rumor
    9:34 pm July 23, 2012 Permalink

    Someone on catspause said a fake story was done on the African center (Mamadoo or something) just to see if jones would steal the story. They say he did. Guy that runs that site says uk was never looking at him.

  8. This Sucks
    9:47 pm July 23, 2012 Permalink

    It really is amazing just how much Cal had these players mesh last year. Anyone watching TJ this summer could see just how good he is when he is a bit more selfish. These guys were so much better then they showed last year for the betterment of the team. No dought TJ lost a couple million in the draft to when a championship and Lamb did as well. They were a special group i Know the ’13 class is going to be a monster but they have a long way to be last years team.

  9. BigBluSoTru
    10:12 pm July 23, 2012 Permalink

    #7 iheard the same thing what up with that Matt.

  10. Road Dogg
    10:20 pm July 23, 2012 Permalink

    Wonder if Jones will man up and answer. My guess he will delete the comments.

  11. Randy Marsh
    11:00 pm July 23, 2012 Permalink

    @ Geez #6 – I hope you’re kidding because football gets its fair share of discussion both on this site and on the radio show.
    #7,8,10 – I bet if you call in the radio show tomorrow and ask Matt, he will talk about it.
    I will miss MKG and his breakout ability – remember 24 and 10 against IU in the sweet 16? That is special