Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is no basketball slouch. After winning the college basketball national championship alongside Anthony Davis at Kentucky, he was selected just behind Davis as the No. 2-overall selection in the NBA Draft.
However, and unlike Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist’s new boss just so happens to be the greatest player who ever lived — Charlotte Bobcats minority owner Michael Jordan.
It is an interesting time of the year for the NBA right now. The league’s All-Star Weekend and festivities happen to be going on during the same few days the nation celebrates Jordan’s 50th birthday. Well, everyone may be celebrating, but not Kidd-Gilchrist.
The Bobcats rookie has been left licking his wounds, so to speak.
While taking part in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge rookie-sophomore game, he told USA Today that he lost to his boss in a game of 1-on-1.
“It was hard for me,” Kidd-Gilchrist, almost 20, said. “I lost. I lost to a 50-year-old guy. … He’s the greatest man that ever played the game.
“Oh, yeah. He’s good.”
But is he really that good? Of course, the six-time NBA Champion with the Chicago Bulls has a statue of himself outside of the United Center in the Windy City. He has six NBA Finals MVPs and five regular season MVP awards. He was a 10-time NBA first-teamer, 10-time scoring champion, nine-time NBA All Defensive first-teamer and a 14-time All-Star.
But he’s 50, and that’s a fact. Was Kidd-Gilchrist taking it easy on His Ancient Airness because that’s his boss?
“No. I didn’t allow him to beat me,” he said. “Because that’s my boss? Nah.”
Seeing Jordan lace ’em up one last time would arguably be the greatest thing ever.