Rick Bonnell: The @Charlotte Hornets list MKG as probable to play vs. Pelicans. He missed Kings game with an abscess in his right arm.
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Rick Bonnell: Right arm injury for MKG. He didn’t practice Sunday, but did go through shootaround this morning.
Chris Vivlamore: Hornets’ Kidd-Gilchrist is out with ankle sprain.
MKG’s mixed bag of an NBA career has included averages of 9.1 points and 6.1 rebounds for the Charlotte Hornets, along with a concussion, a stress fracture in his right foot that limited him to 12 games in 2014-15 and a shoulder injury that knocked him out for the season this past year after just seven games. “I just fell on my shoulder,” he said of his most recent injury. “It was a freak accident.” So, understandably, the first question Kidd-Gilchrist was asked Saturday concerned his health. “It’s good,” he said. “I’m all healthy. I’m 200 percent … ready to go.”
Kidd-Gilchrist’s fourth NBA season was sidetracked by two separate torn labrums in his right shoulder. The second of those injuries came in February after Kidd-Gilchrist played in seven games at midseason. He was recently cleared for on-court training and says he’ll be back to normal in time to fully participate in training camp in October. “I’m shooting, I’m lifting, I’m running. I’ll be ready for next season,” he assures.
Rick Bonnell: Rich Cho said MKG’s injury definitely was a factor in the decision to acquire Courtney Lee. Said it’s Clifford’s call whether he starts.
Alex Kennedy: Hornets announce that Mike Kidd-Gilchrist will have surgery to repair torn labrum tomorrow. They confirmed that he’ll miss rest of season.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: After suffering another torn labrum, Charlotte’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will undergo shoulder surgery. He will miss rest of season.
Spencer Percy: QCH Source: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist definitely having surgery after tearing his right labrum. He’s done for the year. Surgery date not set. There is too much risk involved w/ MKG not electing for surgery, so the decision everyone expected has been made. What a shame. There’s no doubt that MKG’s injury-prone nature is concerning, but we can’t forget that he’s only 22 years old.
Charlotte Hornets small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder Wednesday in a road victory over the Indiana Pacers. The Hornets provided no timetable for his recovery, but it appears unlikely he’ll play again this season. This is the second time in five months Kidd-Gilchrist has suffered that particular injury. He had surgery in October on the shoulder after injuring himself in a preseason exhibition in Orlando.
Candace Buckner: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated right shoulder.
Chris Kroeger: Should clarify. If simple dislocation, could be weeks for MKG. If MRI reveals tear, much worse, but it appeared he had some movement.
Rick Bonnell: The @hornets Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is close to being activated for the first time this season. Could happen Friday in Portland. MKG playing end of January or start of February is an amazing accomplishment following October shoulder surgery.
Kidd-Gilchrist’s original timetable suggested a six-month recovery time. So far he appears well ahead of that schedule. “For sure. No question I’m going to play this season,” Kidd-Gilchrist told the Observer Wednesday at shootaround. “I’m going to play. It’s a matter of when now.”
“He’s been doing all the 5-0 and 3-0 drills in practice. Frankly, it’s just nice to have him around because he brings such energy to everything he does. They seem pretty ‘So far, so good’ with his recovery,” Clifford said. “I’m not a doctor, but I think (he’ll play in the regular season). The only thing they’re hesitant about is the nature of these injuries. Literally it has to be step-by-step. They are hesitant to put out a timeline. They just want to make sure.”
Kidd-Gilchrist was recently cleared for all non-contact activities, following shoulder surgery in October to repair a torn labrum. If he progresses successfully in non-contact drills, he could be cleared in the coming weeks to start contact drills, the next step toward playing.
Rick Bonnell: I asked Steve Clifford if it’s conceivable MKG (shoulder surgery) could be cleared medically if @Charlotte Hornets make the playoffs… Clifford didn’t dismiss possibility of MKG in playoffs, but said there’s no “timeline” on his rehabilitation.
Rick Bonnell: I’ve gotten questions about how MKG’s long-term injury does or doesn’t affect @Charlotte Hornets roster . MKG’s contract counts against the 15 maximum roster spots regardless of whether he plays this season.
Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist underwent successful surgery today to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The procedure was completed by Hornets team orthopedist Dr. Marcus Cook at Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital. Typical recovery time for this procedure is approximately six months. Kidd-Gilchrist suffered the injury with 46 seconds remaining in the second quarter in Saturday’s preseason game at Orlando.
After consulting with team orthopedist Dr. Marcus Cook this morning, Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Cook tonight at Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital. Further updates on his status will be provided when available. Kidd-Gilchrist suffered the injury with 46 seconds remaining in the second quarter in Saturday’s preseason game at Orlando.
Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist underwent an MRI today that revealed a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Kidd-Gilchrist will meet with Hornets team orthopedist Dr. Marcus Cook tomorrow to determine the next steps for the recovery and rehabilitation of his shoulder. Further updates on his status will be provided when available. Kidd-Gilchrist suffered the injury in Saturday’s preseason game at Orlando when he dislocated his right shoulder with 46 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Adi Joseph: Small clarification on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s injury: He hasn’t decided yes on surgery, though it’s entirely likely he will, I’m told.
Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will undergo shoulder surgery and likely miss the entire season, a league source told Yahoo Sports. Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss six months with the injury, which wouldn’t allow for a possible return until the final weeks of the season in April. It leaves little hope that Kidd-Gilchrist can return to the lineup this season. Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a separated right shoulder in Saturday’s preseason victory over Orlando, and an MRI on Monday in Charlotte revealed the need for surgery. Kidd-Gilchrist, 22, signed a four-year, $52 million contract extension in September.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Charlotte’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will need shoulder surgery and be sidelined six months, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
Kidd-Gilchrist was transported to Florida Hospital South for X-rays, that were negative. The Hornets announced Kidd-Gilchrist’s injury is a dislocation. He is scheduled to fly back to Charlotte and be re-evaluated by doctors on Monday. The Hornets didn’t estimate how long Kidd-Gilchrist might be out, but typically a dislocation takes three to 12 weeks of recovery time before a patient can return to normal activity. That figures to cost Kidd-Gilchrist the rest of the preseason and quite possibly regular-season games. The Hornets’ regular season starts Oct. 28 in Miami and the first three games are versus Southeast Division rivals the Heat and Atlanta Hawks.
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February 20, 2018 | 12:15 am EST Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Brandon Rush has agreed to a 10-day contract with Portland, league source tells ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Brandon Rush played the past nine years in the NBA, but didn’t make the Milwaukee Bucks as a non-guaranteed player in training camp. He spent some time with Blazers this summer. He becomes the 14th man on Blazers roster.
Former Houston Rockets small forward Troy Williams has agreed to a 10-day contract with the Knicks on Monday night and is expected to join the team Wednesday, legendary AAU coach Boo Williams, Troy’s uncle, told SNY.tv. “Yeah, he agreed to a 10-day with them,” Boo Williams said by phone. “He had four other offers [including Portland and Dallas] but he wanted to go to New York.”
A second-year forward who went to Indiana, the 6-foot-7 Troy Williams has averaged 5.6 points and 2.1 rebounds in 34 games (16 starts) with the Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies since the start of last season. “I’m not an NBA guy but I think he’ll bring athleticism, I think he’ll bring energy,” Boo Williams said. “And plus they’re a young team. Scott Perry has done a good job. You know Troy’s game, he’ll bring energy and athleticism.”
Boo Williams has known Knicks GM Scott Perry for two decades from his days as a college coach as Eastern Kentucky and Michigan. “He talked to his agent, Steve Pina,” Boo Williams said. “He’s the same one who represents [Kristaps] Porzingis. I think it’s a good fit. He just wants a place where he can play. I don’t think Houston wanted to get rid of [Troy Williams], but he just wanted a place where he could play. And he was doing too well in the G League. In Memphis, he started 13 games in Memphis.”
Dwain Price: Once again, @Dallas Mavericks F Harrison Barnes showed his humble side as he invited 150 kids to see Black Panther tonight at Studio Movie Grill in Dallas. Barnes said: “I was going to go see it anyway. So why not invite 100 kids, get a theater and we can all watch it together.”
February 19, 2018 | 10:36 pm EST Update
Ian Begley: Knicks are one of several teams to express interest in Troy Williams, per league sources. Williams is expected to make a decision on his next destination soon. The 23-year-old 6-7 wing was waived by Houston to make room for Joe Johnson. NYK has an open roster spot at the moment.