Former Kentucky Wildcat Michael Kidd-Gilchrist worked out for the Charlotte Bobcats Monday with team owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan in attendance.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist worked out for the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday morning as the team continued evaluations for the June 28 NBA Draft.
The Bobcats own the second pick in the draft, and are considering several options on the assumption that the New Orleans Hornets will take Kentucky's Anthony Davis first.
Florida's Bradley Beal, a 6-foot-3 guard, also worked out for the Bobcats Monday and said it was the perfect workout for contrasting his offensive skills against Kidd-Gilchrist's defensive prowess.
"It really was," Beal said. "We both got after it, on both ends, even my defense and his offense. We're just competitors and we both went at it today.
"It was cool. We were laughing and joking around, but competing at the same time."
Owner Michael Jordan, president of basketball operations Rod Higgins and general manager Rich Cho watched the workouts, but none commented afterward.
Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 11.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1 steal in 40 games as a freshman for Kentucky's national champions. He was chosen the South Region's Most Outstanding Player during the Wildcats' march to the title.
NBA scouts love his strength, toughness, heart and energy, particularly at the defensive end.
Kidd-Gilchrist took a spill during the workout and tweaked his back, but said he was fine afterward. He was to fly on to Cleveland and has already worked out for Washington.
"It's all about heart to me," he said. "Heart and winning basketball games. That's what I'm all about. It went good today. I'm a winner, and I showed them that today."
MKG also said working out in front of Jordan was a dream come true for him.