Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the Charlotte Hornets forward, has suffered a torn labrum in his surgically repaired right shoulder, the team confirmed Thursday.
Kidd-Gilchrist left in the third quarter of Wednesday’s game against Indiana Pacers with what the team called a dislocated shoulder. However, later MRIs revealed that the player re-injured the same shoulder that caused him to miss the team’s first 46 games.
The Hornets will re-evaluate the injury after the All-Star break. There are strong chances that Kidd-Gilchrist’s season has come to a premature end, unless he can make another miraculous comeback.
The injury occurred when Pacers big man Ian Mahinmi landed on top of the Hornets forward while the two were wrangling for a loose ball (watch video above). Hornets would eventually win the game but not before learning of the MRI diagnosis.
Recent hot streak…
Recently, the Hornets have gone on a 3-game winning streak, including seven wins from their last 10 games, thanks largely to the returning Kidd-Gilchrist. The team would miss his defensive ferocity and ability to guard all five positions with utmost precision.
Kidd-Gilchrist, who was drafted with the No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft, has been limited to just seven games this season after undergoing a surgery on the same shoulder. Until Wednesday’s injury, the forward was aggregating 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists. However, it’s his defensive prowess that can’t be encapsulated in just statistics.
Last week, the 6-foot-7 Kidd-Gilchrist proved his ultimate worth by ably guarding LeBron James in Hornets’ shocking victory against Cleveland Cavaliers. After that game, LeBron acknowledged that Kidd-Gilchrist had the potential to be an elite-level defender.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist underwent surgery for a torn labrum in his right shoulder on October 6, months after agreeing to a $55 million contract extension. He went down with an injury in the team’s first preseason game against Orlando Magic on October 3 when he landed awkwardly on the shoulder.