Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Injury Update: SF to Undergo Surgery on Torn Labrum

Feb 3, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) warms up before the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistFebruary 16, 2016

Charlotte Hornets small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will miss the remainder of the season after he undergoes surgery Wednesday on a torn labrum, per the team.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical first reported the news.

Kidd-Gilchrist, 22, tore his labrum and needed surgery in October on the shoulder. He was able to return on Jan. 29 after his rehabilitation went quicker than expected, but he suffered the same injury again on Feb. 10 against the Indiana Pacers.

The young forward appeared in just seven games this season, averaging 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 29.3 minutes per game.

For a Hornets team clinging to the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference at the moment, the loss is a big one, as Adi Joseph the Sporting News indicated:

The Hornets were 5-2 with Kidd-Gilchrist back in the lineup this season.

To help fill the void, Charlotte acquired Courtney Lee (10 PPG, 2.3 RPG) Tuesday, per Wojnarowski. He could enter the starting lineup, while Jeremy Lamb (10.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG) will also likely see his role expanded. 

But replacing Kidd-Gilchrist—who offers excellent athleticism, defense, rebounding and an improving offensive game—will be very difficult for the Hornets. Kidd-Gilchrist is a franchise building block and a defensive difference-maker on the wing.

It other words, it appears as though the Hornets' playoff hopes took a serious hit with this news.


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