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June 26, 2013

Charlotte Bobcats GM Rich Cho refutes "shopping MKG'' story during WFNZ interview

    Charlotte Bobcats general manager Rich Cho said in a local radio interview this morning that the team is not shopping second-year small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, as was reported on an NBA website Tuesday.

            “No! We’re not shopping him,’’ Cho said on WFNZ-AM 610. “We get calls about all our players. It’s my job to take calls. We’re not shopping MKG.’’

            The website sheridanhoops.com posted a story Tuesday saying the Bobcats “are shopping Michael Kidd-Gilchrist around the league, confident they will be able to replace him with Otto Porter of Georgetown with the No. 4 pick in Thursday’s draft.’’

            The Observer quoted an NBA source saying adamantly that the Bobcats aren’t shopping Kidd-Gilchrist. Another league source said it’s highly likely the Washington Wizards will draft Porter with the third pick Thursday.

            The sheridanhoops.com story went on to name four potential suitors for Kidd-Gilchrist: The Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks.

            Cho said, “all the teams he listed are 100 percent false,’’ adding “We still like (Kidd-Gilchrist). We think he had a good year.’’

Posted by Observer Sports on June 26, 2013 at 10:07 AM | Permalink


Ummm, Rick i heard that spot on the radio this morning and I didnt take it as an emphatic "No!". What I heard was GM talk that they may not be making calls, they arent giving MKG away but if the right deal comes along he, as it should be with anyone, would be moved. Im not a MKG fan, dont think a role player should be #2 overall picks so im fan either result.

Posted by: Toriano | Jun 26, 2013 10:45:04 AM

It is amazing to me that people label a 19 year old kid with 1 year of NBA experience as a role player.

Posted by: Rick | Jun 26, 2013 10:57:55 AM

Role player? The Kidd just finished his rookie season on a terrible team and is 19 years old. How can you label him a role player? MKG had a good rookie season on a bad team with having no jump shot. He can guard anybody in the NBA, he can rebound as good as anyone at his position. If he can work on his jumper and just make it servicable he will be a star. Lets not give up on MKG quite yet.

Posted by: JP | Jun 26, 2013 11:01:05 AM

Rick you know basketball...look at this kid's game and stop using the 19 yr old excuse...he is a role player, a good one but a role player never gonna be a star or a franchise player. I find it funny when people act like you can fix a games jumpshot in 3-4 yrs when it hasnt been fixed in probably 14-15 yrs. Its not as easy as some make it out to be and you cant make someone who is not offensively minded and make him that way.

Posted by: Toriano | Jun 26, 2013 11:04:07 AM

JP, what you've described there....is a role player.

People, don't get so attached to these players, with very few exceptions NBA exec's (and I use that term loosely relative to BOBcat bozos) view players as nothing more than pieces on a chess board (checkers in case of BOOBcat mgmt) -- they are all tradable.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jun 26, 2013 11:18:50 AM

since when has sheridan hoops been reputable?!

call me when yahoo reports it.

and no dude is far from a role player. role players don't have 25 and 12 in the first month of their rookie season when they're 19 (and just turned 19 before last season).

MKG is rudy gay at worst.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 26, 2013 11:43:32 AM

Charlottean MKG is not Rudy Gay because Rudy at least shows the abilitiy to knock down the 3 and ocassional jumper. He also is offensive minded, MKG doesnt have that mindset. His points come off hustle plays, dunks, layups, putbacks and such. You can never run a offense thru him and if he is more than the 3rd or 4th best player on your team, you are in trouble.

Posted by: Toriano | Jun 26, 2013 12:13:28 PM

MKG was consistently making about a 17 footer at the end of the year last year. and that was at age 19.

rudy gay entered the league at age 20. and scored 11 points a game on 42% from the field that year. gilchrist gave you 9 a game, more efficiently, with injuries, a year earlier.

and rudy gay isn't half the passer or ball handler MKG is. the point is caliber talent, not saying clones.

jason kidd couldn't make a jumper when he came in the league either (nor could he dunk on people the way MKG does) yet he left a shooter.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 26, 2013 12:27:07 PM

charlottean, at times you do great analysis but J Kidd did not leave this league as a shooter....heck, he was 3-25 in the playoffs this year and missed every, single, shot, he, took, in, his, last, 10, games!!

Cho's story is so full of holes it's unreal. "We get calls about all our players"......Tyrus? How many did he get for Diop? I'd be surprised if more than 4 current BOBcats have any allure whatsoever to ANY other NBA team.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jun 26, 2013 3:07:17 PM

tyrus thomas isn't considered "one of ours" anymore. i think cho filed the amnesty paperwork in february. we safely get calls about every player. it's calls like this.....

"Rod, how you doing its donnie. We're thinking of a 3 way deal with the lakers to get dwight howard and nash down here in a sign and trade. you're going to send kemba, mkg, biyombo, jeff taylor, and 9 first round picks including this years and next, your shoes and your watch and you're going to get back ron artest, kobe bryant but just for the 1st half of this season, shawn marion, cory higgins, matt carroll (don't worry, we'll sign him first), pete myers and to ice the cake we'll throw in erick dampier's disappearing contract. it will be a great trade chip for you rod. if we don't get howard on board, we'll sign bynum and once his knees go out, we'll trade him at the deadline for ben gordon's expiring deal and all of the firsts. it's gonna be your year rod I can feel it."

those kind of calls about our players.

jason kidd shot mediocre the last few years but comparing the 1st several years of his career to the latter.......he went from being a 30% 3 pt shooter and 70% free throw shooter to a 40% 3 pt shooter and a 80% free throw shooter. the intended point remains.

MKG at 19 stands to get A LOT better at shooting with time. give a man 10,000 hours.....no 19 year old is a finished product.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 26, 2013 3:50:03 PM

If he can't shoot by age 20 it's too late.

Unlikely he ever justifies the #2 pick...not his fault, Minimum, Yes Co. & Cho picked him too early.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jun 26, 2013 11:17:07 PM

"If he can't shoot at age 20"...for real!!!

At age 23, Lebron James couldn't hit water if he threw a rock in the Atlantic Ocean and he is arguably the best player in the world and one of the best in history.

No, MKG is not and will not LBJ, but he still has a TON of time to improve and a HUGE upside. The kid in high scholl was a beats, in college he just did what he was asked to do. He will do the same for the Bobcats and he will be way 10 times better than Gerald Wallace, who by the way was an All-Star not too long ago.

Posted by: RobC | Jun 27, 2013 9:47:17 AM

Dunlap emphasized/encouraged/demanded three-point shooting.

MKG shot 9. Made 2.

At the same age Lebron made 108.

That you would mention the two in the same post DQ's your opinion.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jun 28, 2013 8:13:47 PM

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