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June 29, 2012

Kentucky coach John Calipari's emphatic endorsement of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

    You would expect Kentucky coach John Calipari to endorse his players to the NBA. But Calipari expressed abundant conviction Thursday that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would have big impact as the Charlotte Bobcats’ No. 2 overall pick.

               Calipari, to some Kentucky media, at the draft:

    “I think he could be the face of their organization. He’s 18 years old. He’s the youngest player here. So now all the sudden you bring a fierce competitor who’s going to drive practices up, that wants to win in the worst way, will do anything to win. That’s what a winner’s about.

    “Then all of a sudden that franchise goes up to 40 wins, and then they go to 50 wins, and then in his fifth and sixth years, they’re one of those final four teams competing for a championship. Now you’ve got to put a lot of pieces with him, but he is a winner. That’s what he does.’’

    Calipari on how Kidd-Gilchrist will handle the inevitable losing:

    “He’ll figure it out and he’ll drag them farther than they should go, and he’ll go crazy that they’re losing. It will rip him apart, but that’s the only way you get better. When you get used to losing, you accept losing. He’ll never get used to it.”

Posted by Observer Sports on June 29, 2012 at 06:58 PM | Permalink


Adam Morrison was one of the best college shooters of the decade and we all know how that turned out......

Gilchrist was very impressive in that championship game and I like a guy with toughness and attitude. Good Pick.

Posted by: Smitty | Jun 29, 2012 9:10:49 PM

Morrison got hurt. It would be awesome if ANYBODY else but me would remember and include that in the story. Had that not happened, he'd probably look like gallinari.

Interesting note, augustin and brown receive qualifying offers, d.j. white does not. I am assuming either they think they can resign him for less than 3 million a year (which is expectable) or they have their eyes on some other 4 man. Counting brown and augustin, that makes 13 guys. Only 4 bigs and thats counting diop and thomas.

Hope to see some smart disciplined moves over the next 2 months. Like the mullens deal last year. Maybe okc wants to give us cole aldrich. We could stand to find the next walter hermann this year too.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 29, 2012 10:29:48 PM

I'm sorry charlottean, but the last collegiate image of Morrison was him crying on the floor. That is not the guy you draft and expect to have the cajones to pull you through inevitable hard times. It was a terrible pick. MKG has everything Adam did not. He attacks on both ends. The opponents cannot relax with him on the floor - EVER.

Posted by: qdog112 | Jun 30, 2012 12:08:00 AM

Hurt = Bust
It may not be the players fault but the end result for the drafting team is the same.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Jun 30, 2012 12:42:43 AM

I'm happy for the kid. He seems to be highly motivated and come from a nice family. I wish him all the success in the world. Calipari is dead on when he says losing becomes a habit. We need winners with strong attitudes.

Posted by: Claydog | Jun 30, 2012 6:46:54 AM

Rick, you've really stepped it up in coverage. Thanks as a fan I appreciate it!!

Posted by: I'll take it | Jun 30, 2012 9:36:29 AM

If his mother loved him so much, why didnt she teach him how to speak proper English? I know you dont have to be a booksmart to ball, but this kid makes Julius Peppers seem weel spoken and eloquent

Posted by: bdubs | Jun 30, 2012 12:27:51 PM

blazers just announced they will not extend a qualifying offer to jj hickson making him an unrestricted free agent. cats should pounce for a low post scorer who's young and has a huge upside; will fit into running game cats expect to play. rick ask cat's braintrust about hickson

Posted by: fan | Jun 30, 2012 12:54:17 PM

I'd rather take morrison caring that much than guys that don't give an eff.

hickson isn't exactly the kinda guy we want to build with, however......derrick williams is clearly available at the right price. I don't think we have players that minnesota would want, but maybe a 3rd team does and we have future draft picks that do. That pick we just got from detroit plus the pick portland owes us for williams would be a helluva deal.

He's a 4 and we have to know that going in, but he/biyombo/mullens would work the same way thomas robinson would have. Then you look at MKG/Hendo/Augustin on the outside and that really looks like a group you can have some longevity with.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 30, 2012 1:11:43 PM

The kid has a stuttering problem and has worked with a speech pathologist for years. Next time make sure you know what you're talking about before writing something that sounds like the comments of a jerk.

Posted by: logicsays | Jun 30, 2012 4:26:36 PM

This team needs some mo' white players.. On the court and in the front office.Johnson's BET stench is still hanging over the franchise

Posted by: Jeb | Jun 30, 2012 5:14:42 PM


MKG has more class and integrity than you will ever know. He is a classy kid and a winner. You should be ashamed of your comments.

Posted by: hornet88 | Jun 30, 2012 6:20:20 PM

you must not have been paying attention, but all of that mess began and ended with bob johnson. They don't need more white players, they need more talented players. They seem to have much better staff from top to bottom now.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 30, 2012 7:29:58 PM

Winner. But not an impact player.

Posted by: par404 | Jul 1, 2012 9:09:46 AM

It appears that the Charlotte way will be with defense, running and effort..That's going to be the foundation. MKG fits that mold to a tee. MKG has very good upside. He may not be the greatest offensive creator but he finds a way to get to the hole. He figures out how to fill up a stat sheet. The reality is, he was the top player in high school and a top 4 player in college as a freshmen. Odds are good that he can be a top player in the NBA. Having said that, a top 5 draft pick next year would be nice as well. There are some very good players on the board next year as well. Don't waste a whole lot on average to below average free agents..A few vets to keep us competitive and positive models for our youth but that's about it.

Posted by: Ed | Jul 1, 2012 3:14:15 PM

Cal fixes the NCAA look at his past picks IN THE NBA. They are good not STARS. Except Rondo. Brandon Knight is intelligent. If one more person says Kidd is smart and everybody is sorry as he is so rich. He is rich, he is not smart. He might not be as dumb as he sounds. He should have grew out of this prior to eighteen. If he hates losing, will this make him have more PTSD? Also, is the team going to listen to him? He can play like Kemba but the team will be LAST again.

Posted by: Hilary | Jul 1, 2012 4:43:57 PM

how is dealing a future pick for a guy that has 1 year experience dealing backwards? especially when the future pick doesn't have a high probability of being a #2 overall pick who had some really nice games as a rookie, but plays the same position as their franchise player.

backwards would be trading a pick for tyrus thomas when his contract is expiring. trading a pick for a guy on rookie scale is swapping future rookie (probably not top 5 talent) for 1 year vet (somewhat proven top 5 talent).

morrison had every reason to be picked #3 in that draft. that dude balled-like-no-hair©drake in college. he was 6-8 and dunking on dudes. he looked like he was going to be a more explosive keith van horn. he got hurt. that doesn't make it a bad pick, that makes it bad luck.

kemba walker was a far worse pick when the pacers flipped their pick to the spurs for george hill.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 1, 2012 5:32:52 PM

To I'lltakeit,

You are ignorant for making that comment. Read a little about the young man and you would not be making such stupid comments.

Posted by: scoot1 | Jul 2, 2012 8:34:15 AM

Michael Jordan -

Please GET RID of Rod Higgins, let Rich Cho be your GM 100% and hire Larry Bird as your VP of B-Ball Operations.

Also, the Bobcats should go after both Antawn Janison and Anthony Randolph. Jamison is a solid scorer big man who will be a great mentor to the younger guys. Randolph is just 23 with some good upside, is long athletic, 6-11 and could be a great complement next to Biyombo, plus he won't be expensive.

Ben Gordon who is 6-3 and a Combo guard could help as the 3rd PG in the team, as well as the 6th Man. If Jamison is an option, then I'm fine with letting DJ White walk away, he can score 10-12 a game, but he doesn't rebound well and his defense and athleticism are a huge liability.

PS: Bobcats Management, don't you there bring Corey Higgins back.

Posted by: RobC | Jul 2, 2012 10:15:03 AM

Any idea as to what type of salary Jamison would command? MLE?

Posted by: Sambo | Jul 2, 2012 11:19:42 AM

I didn't realize until now that jamison put up 17 and 6 last year with above average effeciencies. He will probably draw a lot of interest from contenders to chase a ring. I'm sure he's interested in coming here to be at home, especially if there's potential for front office or coaching position afterwards.....but I can't see him passing up the chance to go to chicago, or miami, or LA or new york unless we're paying a LARGE amount of money. I don't think the 5 million range makes the difference for the ring.

Not to mention we have 13 players tied up right now so unless something changes with augustin or brown or we pull off a trade.....we only have 1 roster spot to fill for a front court player and we need a big. this is assuming they do the right thing and carry 14 keeping 1 open at all times for injuries and/or making that 15th spot a 3rd pg.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 2, 2012 4:26:44 PM

I recall Calipari saying the same thing about a young Kobe Bryant coming out of high school. Hope he has the same accuracy in this prediction.

Posted by: Aggiedecks | Jul 7, 2012 2:50:03 PM

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