NEW ORLEANS — The two most important men in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's life will be on display on Saturday night at the national semifinals in New Orleans. They're the two names sewn into the back of his Kentucky jersey.
The quiet freshman will be playing for his family when Kentucky (36-2) faces Louisville (30-9) on Saturday — the father he never really knew, the uncle who taught him the game and his mother who kept everything together for the grief-stricken boy.
Kidd-Gilchrist said his personal journey has taken him through a lot, but that he's ready on the eve of the Final Four.
He's done a little bit of everything for Kentucky, and some of his biggest contributions rarely show up in the box score despite averaging 12 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.