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November 28, 2014 Updates

Rick Bonnell: Hornets injury update: MKG and Gary Neal out. Marvin Williams (shoulder) doubtful. Looks like Kemba (thigh) and P.J. (thumb) will play. Twitter @rick_bonnell

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Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has exercised its fourth-year option on forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and its third-year option on forward Cody Zeller. “We are excited to keep both of these young talents as part of our core for another season,” Cho said. “We have been very pleased with their improvement and look forward to seeing them continue to grow alongside the great group of guys we have in our locker room.” NBA.com

October 2, 2014 Updates

Now consider the look: Everything about Kidd-Gilchrist’s jump shot appeared awkward. He would launch the ball almost as he landed at the end of his jump. The shot had a weird side spin, like a Frisbee flying through the air. Price, one of the great shooters in NBA history – 40.9 percent from 3-point range and 90.4 percent from the foul line – was charged with tearing apart Kidd-Gilchrist’s delivery and replacing it with something sound and reliable. “I told everyone in management this was going to be a process,” Price said, invoking the magic word. “I always knew this was going to be a big summer for Mike and I give him a lot of credit. We started in May and really broke some things down. He listened, he applied it and the biggest part is he stuck with it. We all know when somebody is making some changes there are tendencies to slip back.” Charlotte Observer

The results won’t start becoming public until next Wednesday when the Hornets play their first exhibition in Philadelphia. But the head coach sounds encouraged. “I’ve never seen anybody’s shooting mechanics change more drastically, in the year or so Mark has worked with him,” Steve Clifford said Monday. “He’s not Dell Curry, and that’s important for him to understand and us to understand. He’s played one way his whole life. Mike has always caught it and said, ‘I’ll drive it or pass it.’ Now he has more ability to shoot the ball. “If he can get to that point where he makes some shots, he’ll have a much different career.” Charlotte Observer

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“ Tell me one guy that they’ve found that nobody knew about . We know about the guys they’ve missed. Two years ago they were down on Damian Lillard. He was too old [then 21 after four years at Weber State without attracting enough interest to enter the draft]. He didn’t play in a major conference. He wasn’t a steals guy. He didn’t shoot a lot of free throws. “They loved Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. He got a lot of rebounds and steals. He went to the line. He just couldn’t shoot. How did that work out?” Forbes.com

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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

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