HoopsHype Michael Kidd-Gilchrist rumors

April 9, 2014 Updates

Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon, a high-school teammate of Charlotte Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, announced publicly Wednesday he is gay, becoming the first male Division I basketball player to do so. Before Wednesday’s game against the Washington Wizards, Kidd-Gilchrist released the following statement through the Bobcats: “Derrick was a great teammate and is an even better friend. I admire his courage and willingness to share his story. Just as we supported each other on the court, I am proud to support him now. He is a basketball player, a teammate and a friend, and that’s all that matters.” Charlotte Observer

January 14, 2014 Updates

Charlotte Bobcats small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who has missed six weeks with a broken left hand, will return to action Tuesday night against the New York Knicks. "My hand is doing well. I'm just ready to play. It's been a month, so I can't wait until [Tuesday] against the Knicks," Kidd-Gilchrist told the Charlotte Observer on Monday. "I'm out of rhythm a little bit, but that's usual. I want to be on the court and win some games." ESPN.com

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Injuries to Kidd-Gilchrist (broken hand) and fellow small forward Jeff Taylor (ruptured Achilles tendon) have been rough on this team. Taylor is out for the season, but Kidd-Gilchrist could be back as soon as next week. “Since it’s his left hand (for a right-hander), he’s still shooting every day and he’s done a great job with his conditioning. So to me once he practices he can play. I’m hoping next week,” Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said Monday. “He comes to all the film sessions, and the pre-game (preparation). He’s right on top of things.” Charlotte Observer

The Bobcats are targeting an important stretch of games in the middle of the month, possibly as soon as Jan. 14, for the return of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist from a fractured left hand, coach Steve Clifford said. “Next weekend we’re at Minnesota, at Chicago, and we’re hoping to have him back after that,” Clifford said Saturday night at Sleep Train Arena, where Charlotte beat the Kings to close an otherwise-disappointing 1-4 trip. Under that scenario, Kidd-Gilchrist would rejoin the team for the Jan. 14 home game against the Knicks, a particularly welcome addition at a time the defense is slipping after previously leading the Bobcats into the playoff conversation. NBA.com

December 31, 2013 Updates
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From what I can gather, all of the Bobcats' phone calls are about making this team better now. I'm even hearing rumblings that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will be on the table when he returns from injury. ESPN.com

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Kidd-Gilchrist sat glumly in front of his locker, awkwardly attempting to get dressed with his fractured left hand secured by a metal brace and tightly wrapped, his ring and index fingers taped together. He didn’t know yet how long this freak injury would keep him out. Incredibly, he didn’t even know how or when the damage occurred, other than that something happened at some point before the 4:35 mark of the third quarter. “I looked down at my finger and it was pointing the wrong way,” Kidd-Gilchrist said of his left ring finger. “I didn’t feel anything at the time.” NBA.com

December 3, 2013 Updates
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It looks like Charlotte Bobcats small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will be back to play against the NBA champion Miami Heat Sunday, after Kidd-Gilchrist missed Friday’s victory over the Milwaukee Bucks with plantar fasciitis. Certainly they need him, matched against Miami’s LeBron James, last season’s league most valuable player and probably the most versatile offensive weapon in the NBA. Kidd-Gilchrist fully participated in practice Saturday before the team flew to Miami for a 6 p.m., Sunday tip-off at American Airlines Arena. Coach Steve Clifford said he plans to start Kidd-Gilchrist unless there’s some unexpected setback between now and the game. Charlotte Observer

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