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Thursday, July 7th, 2011 at 10:30 pm  |  20 responses

Michael Gilchrist Changes His Name

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

McDonald’s All-American Michael Gilchrist will go by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist when he plays his first game for Kentucky this season. The name change is to honor his father, Michael Gilchrist Sr., and his uncle, Darrin Kidd, both of whom are deceased. Kidd-Gilchrist (which he will be known by here from now on) announced the change on his Twitter:

Im Happy! Just got cleared my name is Mike Kidd-Gilchrist repping my Father & My uncle.

Kidd-Gilchrist’s father was killed in 1996. His uncle died the day Kidd-Gilchrist was ready to sign his Letter of Intent. His nephew tried to save his life by attempting CPR on him that day.

Now with a new name, Kidd-Gilchrist will join a highly-touted recruiting class at Kentucky next season that also features Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague and Kyle Wiltjer.

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  • http://www.yougotdunkedon.com LilKDub503

    Good for him…I didn’t know all of this. I know how it is to perform CPR on a family member, that ish is scary. Wish him the best of luck at UK!

  • http://zarky01 zarky

    The announcers are gonna have a hard time on this one
    Kidd-Gilchrist with the ball
    Kidd-Gilchrist dribble drive
    oh what a move by Kidd-Gilchrist!
    Kidd-Gilchrist with the and one!!!

  • Bimmer

    Lol

  • Jer Boi

    they’re still gonna call him either Gilchrist or just Kidd. probably rarely use Kidd-Gilchrist whole commentating.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @zarky – He’ll be MKG by halftime.

  • marx

    Or they’ll call him KG

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @Ugh, MKG it is…thats how I plan on referring to him already

  • http://bugmarley.com Bug Marley

    after an awesome play, he’d be referred to as Christ!

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    I’m going to keep calling him Gilchrist, people changing their names always struck me as a bit daft, barring the occasional exception (i.e. cassius clay>muhammed ali, lew alcindor>kareem abdul-jabbar).

  • Fan

    Metta World Peace likes this

  • greg

    at least its not ochocinco or swag, when i saw this i thought it was another bonehead doing something dumb. good kid hope he turns out well

  • http://popfi.com Ron

    Obviously he should’ve changed his name to Giljesus Gilchrist.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Shout out to Metta World Peace.
    Is that how you say it?

  • rob

    He needs a nickname. A very short one.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    MKG= Mega KG

  • bike

    Kid Christ might be kinda cool. Dicky V would love that one. ‘Diaaaaaaper Daaaannnddy Kid “Oh my God!” Christ’.

  • Saku 39

    Whatever his name, he has a good head on his shoulders.

  • http://Yahoo! Chris Mullin’s Accent

    …to Michael Olowokandi!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    He could change his name to Michael Betty Boop for all I care, he’d still be my favorite kid (Kidd?) from the class of 2011.

  • http://cashgiftingprograms-rb.blogspot.com/ Ryan Biddulph

    Mike Gilly is the nickname, at least that’s what people have been calling him for a minute now.

    Nice move to honor his late dad and uncle. This kid has lived a tremendously difficult, heartbreaking life at times, but you’d never know it from his smile and positive energy.

    I never chatted more than 5 minutes with him, and Mike always went out of his way to shake my hand whenever I was at a game.

    Class act, all the way, and a helluva player who gives 115% every time he plays. It’s why he’ll be an All American during his quick stay at UK and probably All Star in the league. Not quite as skilled as his former St. Pats teammate Kyrie but has the same type of animalistic worth ethic all the great ones have.

    Ryan

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