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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was “fantastic” with Special Olympic athletes

Former UK star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who now plays for the Charlotte Hornets, was back in Lexington Sunday to hold a camp for Special Olympic athletes. (Vicky Graff Photos)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Radio talk show host Mark Buerger had never met Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in person until Sunday — and he wasn’t disappointed.

Buerger is the communications director for Special Olympics Kentucky and was at the University of Kentucky’s Joe Craft Center for the camp the former UK star put on for 60 Special Olympic athletes.

“Everybody talks about what a great guy he is and obviously all that is true,” said Buerger, who hosts Sunday Morning Sports Talk on WLAP each week. “I’ve heard about his great character and you could see that today.

“Things like this do matter to him whether it is in Charlotte (where he plays for the Hornets), New Jersey (where he is from) or here. What he did today says a lot about him and the (UK basketball) program and a lot about the people coming through UK.”

Buerger said his favorite question during the Q&A Kidd-Gilchrist did with the athletes surprised me — and it did me, too.

“One of the athletes asked him about the Indiana loss in 2011 and what happened,” Buerger said. “He said he didn’t remember that game.

“He was also things like what was it like playing in his first NBA game and winning a national title. But he handled them all well. He was terrific and just fantastic with everything all day.”

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