HoopsHype Michael Kidd-Gilchrist rumors

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His mother concedes "Michael doesn't do media well," but she's confident he'll improve as he matures - just as he's done on the court. "You have to remember Michael doesn't turn 19 until September," Richardson said. "He's always been a very private person. Our entire family is private. We don't make it a habit to share information with outsiders. And when Michael is just Mike, when he's away from cameras and the media, he doesn't have the (stuttering) issue." NBA.com

A month before his third birthday his father, Michael Gilchrist, was shot to death leaving a void in the young boy's life. He grew closer to his uncle, Darrin Kidd, as an adolescent. But he too was taken early, dying of a heart attack the same day Kidd-Gilchrist signed a letter of intent to play at Kentucky. Michael took his uncle's surname as part of his own to honor him. Despite the trauma of Gilchrist's sudden death, Richardson, who has since remarried, doesn't believe that's what caused her son's stuttering problem. "I think it's genetic," she said. "He stuttered when he was young. He's stuttered all his life, actually." NBA.com

That's not unusual, according to Louise Raleigh, a speech pathologist at UNC Greensboro. "Stuttering is normally the tip of the iceberg when it comes to other issues," Raleigh said. "There is also a lot of anxiety that comes when trying to hide stuttering. It's tough for those of us who don't stutter to truly understand the anxiety involved, particularly when it comes to public speaking." NBA.com

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Kidd-Gilchrist's off-court self-confidence has grown considerably over the last 12 months since being thrust into the national spotlight. That's what happens when you chose to play college basketball at the University of Kentucky, win a national championship and become the second pick in the draft. Kidd-Gilchrist says stuttering is "a part of me. It's who I am." wbko.com

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Under the rookie pay scale, salaries for first-round picks are slotted based on draft position. Kidd-Gilchrist will make about $4 million this season. His contract is guaranteed this season and next, and then the Bobcats will have two one-season options, based on the collective bargaining agreement. Charlotte Observer

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