Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is 19 years old. He was the #2 pick in the draft. He is the future of the Charlotte Bobcats. And he lost a game of one-on-one to a 50-year-old man who hasn’t played pro basketball in ten years.
Granted, that 50-year-old is Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time. But still.
“It was hard for me,” Kidd-Gilchrist, almost 20, told USA Today before the Rising Stars Challenge rookie-sophomore game at All-Star Weekend. “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.”
How about taking it easy to make the boss look good? The 6-foot-7 rookie out of Kentucky said that wasn’t the case.
“No. I didn’t allow him to beat me,” he told CSNHouston. “Because that’s my boss? Nah.”
To be fair, I’m sure this game was in the half court and if you miss a shot, you lose possession, so MJ didn’t exactly have to hustle for any rebounds. Still, though. MKG is playing ball against guys like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, etc. on a daily basis. He couldn’t put it to Jordan a little harder?
Here’s hoping this is where Kidd-Gilchrist’s Scottie Pippen comparisons go to the next level and Jordan molds the Bobcats’ rookie into a future star like he did with Pippen all those years ago.