HoopsHype Michael Kidd-Gilchrist rumors

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Charlotte Bobcats small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could miss tonight’s home game against the Milwaukee Bucks after being diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Bobcats coach Steve Clifford told the Observer at morning shootaround that Kidd-Gilchrist was “highly questionable” to play tonight. Charlotte Observer

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His numbers weren’t bad, per se. He averaged 9.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and just under a shot-block per game. But he’s used to excelling, and this was well short of that in a class that featured rookie of the year Damian Lillard with Portland and stellar big man Anthony Davis with New Orleans. “I was disappointed in myself,’’ Kidd-Gilchrist said at media day, on the eve of training camp Tuesday morning at UNC Asheville. “It wasn’t the losses. I like all my teammates and we bonded a lot. I was mad at myself. I set goals and I didn’t reach any of the goals that I set. All my life I did that and last year I didn’t reach one goal.’’ Charlotte Observer

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Wall, who recently celebrated his 23rd birthday in New York, looked like he will be ready to go full bore during training camp as he lead his Blue team to a 111-95 victory in a game that also featured NBA players Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Brandon Knight, Patrick Patterson and Terrence Jones. DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe, Wall’s good friends and former teammates for one year at Kentucky, were assistant coaches and helped get the most out of him — with a little reverse psychology. “E. Bled told me I wasn’t going to get 40, so I went to go get 40,” Wall proclaimed to reporters after the game. Washington Post

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Charlotte Bobcats' new assistant coach Mark Price was recently hired to join Steve Clifford's coaching staff. Immediately, he was given the task of fixing Kidd-Gilchrist's jumper. Price's credentials are legit. In 12 NBA seasons, he scored more than 10,000 points, shot 47.2 percent from the field, 40.2 percent from 3-point range, and he's currently second all-time in free throw percentage at 90.3 percent. So what do you do if you're the shooting coach of a guy that looks like he's caught in a wretched game of Twister whenever he gears up for a jump shot? “I think there's a lot of things going on," Price said at Las Vegas Summer League. "I think what most everybody is looking at right now is where his elbow is, the hitch in his shot, things like that, but there's a lot of balance, footwork, getting your body in position squared up to shoot the basketball that's going on, as well. I typically start there first. I start with the feet and move up. Most guys think of shooting from the waist up but a lot of things happen starting with your feet.” CBSSports.com

Once the Bobcats' wing player finds balance, it allows him to be ready to shoot, which should bring in some much- needed confidence. "Basically for the most part, he wasn't ready to shoot when he got the ball," Price explained after his pupil went 4 of 4 from the field for 11 points in the team's second summer league game. "So even [Sunday] we talked about that, I thought [Sunday] was the best job he's done. I mean he was actually ready, took his shots in rhythm, and made a couple. Just doing those kinds of things are going to help. Obviously, to become the kind of shooter you want to be, you're going to have to eventually get a lot of things straightened out. But I think just getting some of that stuff is going to help him a lot.” CBSSports.com

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An NBA source with knowledge of the situation adamantly denied Tuesday that the Charlotte Bobcats are shopping small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as a trade commodity. Rumors spread quickly Tuesday afternoon, after the website sheridanhoops.com posted a story saying the Bobcats were looking to move Kidd-Gilchrist, on the assumption Georgetown small forward Otto Porter Jr. might be available when they pick fourth Thursday. Charlotte Observer

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