SLAM Exclusive: Catching Up With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist In Cleveland

Last week I met up with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in Cleveland as he prepared for the NBA Draft. My article on MKG and that training session held at Beachwood High School posted at SLAMonline late Tuesday afternoon, and here is that link if you hadn’t seen it yet. 

Below is also an excerpt from when I asked MKG about the possibility of reuniting on the NBA level with his former HS teammate Kyrie Irving: 

On Tuesday last week, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s former teammate at St. Patrick’s High School in New Jersey was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year. The presentation took place just down the street from where he was working out. Before making his way into the weight room with Coach Purtor, I asked MKG if Kyrie Irving had offered him any advice heading into this NBA Draft process.

“That’s my best friend,” Kidd-Gilchrist said of last year’s No. 1 overall pick. “I talked with him earlier today actually, and he just told me that the NBA is a man’s League. He said to just take my time with everything, off the court and on the court stuff, and just take my time in general. But most importantly, he just said to continue to keep working hard.”

As a Cleveland native, I asked if he hoped to be reunited with his friend and former teammate on the next level.

“Of course, I’d love to play with Kyrie,” Kidd-Gilchrist told SLAMonline. “But at the same time, I’m going into my own professional career and I’d be happy to play with any team that drafts me. I’m looking forward to being a part of an organization that believes in me, and I’m working hard to be able to bring an impact and positive light to that organization.”

I had hoped the Cleveland Cavaliers would sneak up high enough to draft MKG second overall before I ever met the guy. After spending two hours with him, watching him work, and learning about the type of person he is, I really want the Cavaliers to be able to draft him. Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is a trio I’d be pretty excited about building around for years to come. Actually I’d be really excited about that. For more on MKG check out the story link below.

Full SLAM Article: Working Toward The Spot Light – Catching Up with Michael Kidd Gilchrist as he prepares for the NBA Draft

Brendan Bowers

About Brendan Bowers

I am the founding editor of I am also a content strategist and social media manager with Electronic Merchant Systems in Cleveland. My work has been published in SLAM Magazine, KICKS Magazine, The Locker Room Magazine,,, and elsewhere. I've also written a lot of articles that have been published here.