Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had undergone a shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum on October. Now he is cleared for all non-contact drills.
His projected recovery time was six months. Now he is set to return for drills earlier than expected. The next step for the team’s best defender is to get ready for the contact drills in the coming weeks if he feels comfortable performing the drills.
Kidd Gilchrist is confident playing, he told the Observer. “No question I’m going to play this season.”
“I’m going to play. It’s a matter of when now.”
The small forward signed a four-year, $52 million contract extension with the Hornets last summer. He broke his shoulder labrum during an exhibition match against the Orlando Magic in October.
“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. I just want to get back to what I love to do,” Kidd-Gilchrist, the No 2 overall pick of 2012 draft, said.
“It’s exciting. Another stepping stone to look forward to. Again, I’ve worked as hard as possible.”