SLAM Magazine: Lace Up, MKG to CLE

I wrote about Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in the latest issue of SLAM Magazine, which is on newsstands now. Go ahead and pick that up people. In my write-up on MKG, I called him the second best talent available in this Draft. As I told the Ombudsman Joe Lull on Saturday afternoon when I joined him on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland, I continue to believe that, with my Cavs Draft board reading MKG, Brad Beal, and Harrison Barnes respectively. 

For the print piece I wrote, SLAM played off the MKG / MGK theme with Machine Gun Kelly’s LACE UP as the headline. Our interview taking place in Cleveland had something to do with that too I imagine. Below is the picture of it I posted on Instagram over the weekend:


There’s seems to be a growing sentiment that Kidd-Gilchrist could be on the board too when the Cavaliers end up selecting at 4 on Thursday night. In their latest Mock, Draft Express has MKG eventually landing in Cleveland, noting the following:

4. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: The Cavs have virtually nothing on the wing going into next season and would be very happy to see Kyrie Irving’s former high school teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist available right here. Kidd-Gilchrist could fill an immediate hole, bringing intensity and toughness that will immediately improve Cleveland’s shaky perimeter defense. He’s one of the most competitive players in this draft. Still very much a work in progress offensively, he would form a formidable transition duo with Irving and athletic forward Tristan Thompson.

We’ll have plenty more this week leading up to the Draft, stay tuned Cleveland.

Be There Thursday: Stepien Rules Cavs Draft Tweet-Up June 28th at Mullarkey’s Irish Pub with the Social Dudes – hope you can make it!

Brendan Bowers

About Brendan Bowers

I am the founding editor of StepienRules.com. 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, Cleveland.com, BleacherReport.com, InsideFacebook.com and elsewhere. I've also written a lot of articles that have been published here.

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