If it isn’t recruiting or Olympic qualifying matches, it’s NBA Summer League basketball that keeps us entertained during this time of the year. Last night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made his Summer League debut with the Bobcats, and he was nothing short of impressive. Kidd-Gilchrist scored 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting in the Bobcats’ 121-87 win over the Sacramento Kings. MKG also added eight rebounds, five assists, and four steals to his statline last night. If this is preview of this upcoming season, expect to see plenty of MKG highlights on SportsCenter. http://www.nba.com/bobcats/summer-recap-bobcats-vs-kings
Speaking of MKG, the NBA Draft was the first time I noticed his difficulty with speech, especially in front of the media. Kidd-Gilchrist says that he is no longer embarrassed by his studdering in his interviews, and that he is starting to gain confidence when speaking. “It’s a part of me. It’s who I am,” says Kidd-Gilchrist. It is nice to know that he is becoming more comfortable when speaking in public and not to be embarrassed by his studdering. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/basketball/nba/wires/07/13/2030.ap.bkn.bobcats.kidd.gilchrist.1st.ld.writethru.1681/
In yesterday’s other NBA Summer League games, Brandon Knight did not play for the Pistons. DeAndre Liggins played for Orlando and scored two points with eight rebounds and three assists in a loss 94-73 loss to the Celtics. Enes Kanter led Utah with 15 points and eight rebounds in an 89-75 loss to the Thunder.
Finally, here is a cartoon video of John Wall’s journey from a virtually unknown basketball player to the top recruit in the country. If you remember, he was more or less like Anthony Davis in which he blossomed out of nowhere, minus the growth spurt.