HoopsHype Michael Kidd-Gilchrist rumors

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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

The league source said not only that Kidd-Gilchrist isn’t on the trading block, but that the chances of Porter making it past the top three picks are slim. Another league source strongly doubted any chance of Porter getting past the Wizards at No. 3. Porter’s agent, David Falk – who represented Bobcats owner Michael Jordan as a player – chose not to send Porter to a workout in Charlotte, apparently out of confidence he wouldn’t get to No. 4. Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte Bobcats are shopping Michael Kidd-Gilchrist around the league, confident they will be able to replace him with Otto Porter of Georgetown with the No. 4 pick in Thursday’s draft. The reason the Bobcats braintrust of Rich Cho and owner Michael Jordan believe Porter will be available is because, SheridanHoops has learned from league sources, the Washington Wizards are determined to draft Andrew Bennett of UNLV with the No. 3 pick. SheridanHoops

There is essentially zero information coming out of Charlotte right now. That's how the Bobcats like it. Even Michael Kidd-Gilchrist didn't know he was going to the Bobcats until they called his name on draft night. ESPN.com

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Charlotte Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said Friday in Houston that 49-year-old Jordan beat him a one-on-one game. Jordan turns 50 Sunday, while Kidd-Gilchrist is seven months away from turning 20. "It was hard for me," Kidd-Gilchrist said before playing in the Rising Stars Challenge rookie-sophomore game Friday night. "I lost. He's the greatest man that ever played the game. "Oh, yeah. He's good." USA Today Sports

February 8, 2013 Updates

Charlotte Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist practiced Thursday for the first time since suffering a concussion in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s road loss to the Houston Rockets. Practicing was one of several steps Kidd-Gilchrist must take before being cleared to play under the NBA’s concussion protocol. The Bobcats haven’t yet ruled him out to play against the Los Angeles Lakers Friday, but doctors – both with the team and the NBA – will make the final call as to whether he’s ready. Charlotte Observer

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Charlotte Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a concussion in a collision with teammate Jeff Taylor and spent Saturday night in a Houston hospital for observation while the team flew on to Miami for Monday’s game against the Heat. Kidd-Gilchrist was injured early in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Rockets. Attempting to cut off a drive by Houston’s Toney Douglas, Kidd-Gilchrist knocked into Taylor and the resulting fall caused a collision with the floor. Charlotte Observer

X-rays and a CT scan, performed at Memorial Hermann Hospital, showed no head or neck injuries beyond the concussion. However, the NBA established a concussion protocol this season, which Kidd-Gilchrist will have to pass before being cleared to play again this season. The injury happened with around 10 minutes left in the game, after the Bobcats took their first lead on Taylor’s 3-pointer. Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap described it this way: “Jeff and Michael got tangled up, and I think the first thing that hit the wood was (Kidd-Gilchrist’s) head. It was a quick bang-bang play.’’ Charlotte Observer

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