Roy Hibbert Injury: Updates on Hornets Center's Knee and Return

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

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Charlotte Hornets center Roy Hibbert had missed the team's last five games while dealing with a sore right knee. However, he's ready to return.

Continue for updates.

Hibbert Active vs. Raptors

Friday, Nov. 11

Hibbert scored 10 points in 13 minutes in his return to the lineup on Friday.

Latest on Hibbert's Practice Status

Monday, Oct. 31

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reported Hibbert did not take part in the team's practice session Oct. 31.

Hibbert Has Struggled During Hornets Tenure

In his first season with the Hornets, Hibbert's coming off an anonymous season with the Los Angeles Lakers. He averaged a career-low 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, with the Lakers rarely involving him in the offense.

With the team's porous perimeter defense making it impossible for Hibbert to anchor an elite unit, it was an all-around struggle.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford talked about Hibbert's struggles, per Bonnell:

I think he would tell you he's lost his way a little here or there. But [Hornets associate head coach Patrick Ewing] can help him a great deal, and he can get back to [being] that guy. He was the premier rim protector in this league. He wasn’t just good. He did it against great competition. This could be a great pickup.

Hibbert has largely remained healthy throughout his career. He's never missed more than 12 games in a campaign, and he's played 75-plus contests in six seasons.


Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.