Insights into Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

"I just hate to lose. That's the reason why I play that way. I?hate to lose. It's sad almost how much I want to win," Kidd-Gilchrist said.

Sometimes you have one of those moments after a game that reveals extraordinary insights into an athlete's demeanor.

That's what happened twice with Kentucky freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist after Wednesday's exhibition game victory over Transylvania University where he had 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists and one blocked shot in 25 minutes of all-out hustle.

But rather than talking about his statistics or energetic play, I wanted to know how he felt about having his mother in Rupp Arena for his Kentucky debut.

"It was good," he said as he was laughing and smiling broadly, something he has not done often yet in media settings. "I am a mama's boy. It was real good for her to be here for my first basketball game of college."

Mommy's boy? Kidd-Gilchrist might look like a lot of things on the court, but not a mama's boy with his physique and rugged play.

"I?don't (look like a mama's boy). That is my everything. That is just all I?have got left, so I really love her," the Kentucky freshman said.

Kidd-Gilchrist lost his father at an early age and his uncle, who became his father figure, died the same day he signed his scholarship with Kentucky.

"She's my life," he said. On the court, his life is about one thing — winning. He plays with an all-out passion and desire few players possess.

"I really do hate to lose. I hate to lose. I don't know how to explain it. I just hate to lose a game," Kidd-Gilchrist, who has been repeatedly called "vicious" on the court by UK coach John Calipari, said.

That's why he was serious when he said he had no problem coming off the bench as he did for the Transy game even though Calipari said after the game that he had played his way into the starting lineup.

"It is a compliment, but again we have everybody on the floor that can play basketball. If I?don't start, I?am not mad about it. I just want to win," Kidd-Gilchrist said. "I really don't care if I start or not. If I?am starting, fine. It doesn't matter. I just want to win a game.

"If Coach wants me to start, then I will start the basketball game and just try to win. That's all I want to do. It doesn't matter."

And why does he have that attitude and play with such intensity?

"I don't know. That is just how I was raised on the basketball court. I just hate to lose. That's the reason why I play that way. I?hate to lose. It's sad almost how much I want to win," Kidd-Gilchrist said.


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