The Charlotte Bobcats took Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in last night's NBA Draft, and while the pick is being highly scrutinized across the webisphere, one thing cannot be mistaken: Kidd-Gilchrist is ready to face the challenge that awaits him in Charlotte. Apparently, the pick was a surprise, even to Gilchrist as the Bobcats kept their cards close to the vest.
"I'm just so happy right now, man. And I'm blessed. I'm blessed." Apparently the Bobcats gave no advance warning to Kidd-Gilchrist that he was their man: "No. I was shocked at first."
Kidd-Gilchrist let the world know how he felt about going to the Bobcats on his Twitter feed:
As for the reaction to the surprising pick, while national scribes were high on the pick, apparently, the local Charlotte Bobcats fans needed some convincing about the pick, something Tom Sorensen, the Observer's sports/op-ed go-to guy, did quite quickly, and quite clearly:
How could Bobcats draft Michael Kidd-Gilchrist? What were they thinking? Wait. I know. They were thinking, let's take best player in draft.
@BSTILLE Can't dribble? So all those dunks and slashing layups were the result of -- what?
As a UK fan, one that understands the holes the Bobcats have, even though Kidd-Gilchrist may not be the second coming of Michael Jordan (the player, not the owner), you won't be disappointed in the player or his game. Offense in the NBA is all about getting the ball to the bucket, something Kidd-Gilchrist does with ease. And, he's a finisher. A ferocious one if given a step:
While he may not be Jordan, don't be surprised if resembles something similar to Scottie Pippen.