June 27, 2012
So this quote, from former Iowa State player Royce White on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, caused some commotion Wednesday:
"I don't like that kid. He's too hyped up. He's not as good as they think he is. He's a kid. I'm a man."
The quote was said to Sports Illustrated writer Pablo S. Torre during an extensive interview for a magazine profile. The story itself doesn't have any talk of Kidd-Gilchrist, but it does make one thing clear about White: he isn't afraid to be honest.
Still, some context is needed here. White later clarified his comments on Twitter: "I think [Kidd-Gilchrist] is VERY talented, my comments were more about our age difference. Have nothing but respect for UK and Coach Cal ... The context of what I said was based on what [Kidd-Gilchrist] said prior to our game in the tourney."
And what exactly was that? I went back to my transcripts from Kidd-Gilchrist's media sessions before the Iowa State game. Much of the talk leading up to that game was whether Kidd-Gilchrist would defend White, and Kidd-Gilchrist mostly downplayed the angle. He repeatedly said that we would "take the challenge" if it was assigned to him but stressed that he just wanted to win. The most provocative statement he made about White was this:
"He's not LeBron James or nothing like that. He's not unguardable or anything like that."
Whether or not that's the specific quote White was talking about, the general message it contained -- also supported by another Kidd-Gilchrist quote here -- seems to be what White had in mind when he gave that quote about Kidd-Gilchrist.
And as for the actual game, an 87-71 UK win? Kidd-Gilchrist scored two points on four shots with seven rebounds. White scored 23 points on 12 shots with nine rebounds.
So White (probably) felt he outplayed Kidd-Gilchrist on the court and (probably) felt disrespected by what he said off it.
Think White was out of line? Don't like it, but understand where he was coming from? Talk about it in our House of Blue thread.