Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Injury: Updates on Star's Shoulder Surgery and Recovery

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Injury: Updates on Star's Shoulder Surgery and Recovery
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Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had yet to appear in a game this season due to a torn labrum he suffered in early October. However, he is ready to make his debut. 

Continue for updates.


Kidd-Gilchrist Active vs. Trail Blazers 

Friday, Jan. 29

Kidd-Gilchrist has been cleared for game action and will play on Friday against Portland, per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports. 


Latest on Kidd-Gilchrist's Practice Status

Tuesday, Jan. 19

The Charlotte Hornets announced Kidd-Gilchrist has been cleared to return to full-contact practice.


Kidd-Gilchrist Comments on Eventual Return

Wednesday, Jan. 6

"No question I'm going to play this season," Kidd-Gilchrist said, per Bonnell. "I'm going to play. It's a matter of when now."


Kidd-Gilchrist's Absence Was Major Blow to Hornets

The 22-year-old has become one of the better defensive players in the league during his NBA career. He averaged 10.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game last year and established himself as a cornerstone of Charlotte's rebuilding efforts over the past three seasons.

"I want to help my team win and I feel I can bring a lot of energy both on the offensive side and the defensive side," Kidd-Gilchrist told Bonnell. "I just want to get back to what I love to do. It’s exciting. Another stepping stone to look forward to. Again, I’ve worked as hard as possible."

The Hornets utilized PJ Hairston and Nicolas Batum in Kidd-Gilchrist's place while he recovered. 

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