Michael Jordan compares Kidd-Gilchrist to Scottie Pippen
Michael Jordan likes what he’s seen from the Bobcats’ first round draft pick, Michael-Kidd Gilchrist.
“I think (Kidd-Gilchrist is) going to be fine,” Jordan said, speaking before the Hooptee Celebrity Golf Classic. “I think the kid has the potential to be, as I call him, a connector. He can connect a lot of dots, a Scottie Pippen-like player.
“Everybody’s complaining about his shooting. He never illustrated to me that he’s afraid to shoot the basketball. He can still shoot the ball. He believes he can make shots. I think the kid is going to be OK.”
Jordan is focused on the future rather than the past.
“Obviously, I’m a competitor. I never want to be in the record book for being a failure,” he said. “At the end of the day, I’ve also got to understand the shortened season, you’ve got a lot of injuries, got a lot of young kids that got thrust into a starting scenario. That was a repercussion of those facts.
“We’re on the road to the right way, to being a good team. Last year was one of those years where … everything happened against us. I take full credit for that. Unfortunately, these things happen. But I see an upside for this franchise, without a doubt.”