Michael Kidd-Gilchrist returned to town today to host a camp on campus and was kind enough to take the time to talk to reporters for ten minutes.
Before you see the best quotes, know this: everything you’ve ever heard about MKG being the nicest guy ever is true, and then some. This was the first time I’d been in an interview setting with former No. 2 pick and I am still trying to comprehend how nice he is. He was always one of my favorites, but today only solidified his standing.
Now back to the post…
“Things happen. It’s out of my control.”
Last season was a tough one. After injuring his shoulder in the preseason, he returned for seven games, only to suffer another shoulder injury. He isn’t the kind of guy to stay down for too long. Now anxious to return to the court, he thanked his family and friends for supporting him through the tough time.
“I don’t want to say I’m jealous because I’m happy in Charlotte, but I’m excited for them both.”
Two of his National Championship teammates will be back on the floor next season when Terrence Jones suits up for the New Orleans Pelicans alongside Anthony Davis. He believes their comfortability will make them both better.
“The new football facility is crazy, and I’m very, very jealous like we didn’t get a new (basketball) facility here. I really, really don’t understand that. I really don’t understand that one.”
Kidd-Gilchrist is so jealous of the new football felicity, he’s not even going to take a tour, “I don’t want to.” It’s a strange world we live in when basketball players are jealous of the things football players have.
“I showed him the ropes a little bit. He was my rook, but we were the same age basically.”
During Aaron Harrison‘s rookie season, he received plenty of help from Kidd-Gilchrist and it wasn’t because they were forced to be around one another. Aaron was assigned to “take care” of MKG throughout the season, going through the typical BS that rookies must go through as a rite of passage.
Was he going to take it easy on him? “Absolutely not.” Laundry was Harrison’s primary duty, but sometimes he was forced to fetch lunch.
On the court, Kidd-Gilchrist taught him patience. It’s a long season. It can be difficult to deal with, especially when you aren’t playing. Hopefully those are lessons the not-so youngster learned from his not-so elder. (MKG is only one year older, but he’s entering his 5th year while Aaron is entering his second.)
“I watched him in high school a few times. He’s strong, a dog and he knows how to play the game.”
MKG has yet to play pickup games with this year’s team, but he’s a big fan, especially of Bam Adebayo. From North Carolina, MKG was able to watch the future Cat play in the area a few times and (understandably so) he likes what he sees.
“I just want to help my team win at the end of the day. I don’t get into stats and all that. My job is to win the basketball game.”
This guy is humble. Even though he wants to eventually be an All-Star, he doesn’t care about points, assists and rebounds as long as his team is winning.
“You’ll see this season. I don’t want to brag on myself.”
Once again, humility.
“I talk to MJ a lot about everything in the game of basketball.”
He can’t always be humble, but at least when he’s bragging it’s a humblebrag.
“I go to Cane’s. I go to Cane’s every day.”
When he’s back in town, he can’t go a day without seeing Stone Cold Willow for some delicious chicken tenders. It’s just one of the things that makes him feel like he’s home.
“I got a National Championship ring so it’s always going to be home for me.”