Michael Kidd-Gilchrist F CHA 2 months ago

Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) is currently limited to light shooting and dribbling, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Kidd-Gilchrist is still in the early phases of his recovery form an ankle injury that hampered him at the end of the regular season. GM Rich Cho said he expects Kidd-Gilchrist to be cleared to start cutting in the next couple of weeks, so it could be more than a month until he's able to resume full basketball activities. That said, Kidd-Gilchrist should be fine before the start of training camp.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist F CHA 3 months ago

Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) played in a career-low 55 games and made 52 starts for the Hornets in his third NBA season. He, however, still managed to average careers highs in points (10.9), rebounds (7.6) and minutes (28.9), and GM Rich Cho called Kidd-Gilchrist the team's most improved player.

Kidd-Gilchrist's third season was riddled with two major injuries. His first was a hand injury, which kept him out for 12 straight games early in the season, while a season-ending ankle injury caused him to miss the last 11 games of the regular season. Despite this, Kidd-Gilchrist still proved throughout the season that he was a versatile defender and a very effective rebounder. He had 11 double-doubles on the season and 15 games where he grabbed double-digit rebounds. His best stretch of the season was shortly after the All-Star break, where over a stint of seven games, Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 14.0 points and 10.9 rebounds while shooting over 50 percent from the floor in every game. So, while Kidd-Gilchrist showed he was fully capable of scoring the basketball, his offensive game still needs some improving. He came into the league as nothing more than a slasher, and while he showed some improvement in his mid-range game, his three-point shot is still entirely non-existent. In fact, he did not shoot one three-pointer for the entire 2014-15 season, so he will likely spend majority of this offseason working to expand his offensive game. Next year will be Kidd-Gilchrist's final guaranteed season of his rookie contract, and while he may never fully develop a consistent outside shot, he will always be one of the better rebounding wings and best defenders in the league.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist F CHA 4 months ago

Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) was called the team's "most improved player" by GM Rich Cho on Monday, the Charlotte Observer reports. "MKG was probably our most improved player," Cho said. "We were roughly .500 when he played with us and I believe we were 6-21 when he was not on the court."

Kidd-Gilchrist, who missed the final 11 games of the season, played in a career-low 55 contests, making 52 starts. Despite battling through injuries, the third-year forward posted career-highs in scoring (10.9 points per game), rebounds (7.6) and minutes (28.9). He also showed off an improved mid-range jumper, through he remains a non-factor as a perimeter shooter. After going 3-for-18 from the outside in his first two NBA seasons, Kidd-Gilchrist did not attempt a single three-pointer this season. The next step for Kidd-Gilchrist, who is one of the NBA's best defenders, will be expanding his range to ensure defenders have to show him at least some respect when he's away from the basket.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist F CHA 5 months ago

Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) will not play Wednesday against Toronto.

As expected, Kidd-Gilchrist will sit out this final game, which is meaningless for the lottery-bound Hornets. There's no reason to think that the ankle injury that cost MKG the final 10 games of the season won't heal during the off-season, so he should be 100 percent healthy for the start of next season.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist F CHA 5 months ago

Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) will not play Monday against the Rockets.

Kidd-Gilchrist continues to battle an ankle injury, and he's likely done for the season with only one game remaining on the schedule after Monday.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist F CHA 5 months ago

Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) will not play in Sunday's game against the Pistons.

Kidd-Gilchrist is still dealing with an ankle injury and his availability for the rest of the season seems doubtful. Until the Hornets say otherwise, his next opportunity to play will be against the Rockets on Monday.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist F CHA 5 months ago

Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) will not play Friday against the Hawks, KL Chouinard of Hawks.com reports.

As expected, Kidd-Gilchrist will remain out Friday, and it seems rather likely that he'll be shut down for the season unless his ankle shows rapid improvement over the next few days.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist F CHA 5 months ago

Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle), who will not play Wednesday, could miss the rest of the season, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.

It sounds like Bonnell is making an inference here, but after the team's media availability Wednesday he came away with the impression that Kidd-Gilchrist has a pretty slim chance of returning this season. He's already missed the last six games, and the Hornets' season wraps up with five games in eight nights beginning Wednesday against Toronto and ending next Wednesday again versus Toronto. Of course, Kidd-Gilchrist would likely be able to return in the playoffs, but at present the 11th-place Hornets sit two games out of the eighth and final playoff spot with both Miami and Indiana ahead of them.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist F CHA 5 months ago

Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) will not play Wednesday against the Raptors.

Kidd-Gilchrist will miss both games of the back-to-back set, which began Tuesday against Miami. He's without a target return date, but the team initially handed down a 7-to-10 day timetable near the end of March, so Kidd-Gilchrist is basically game-to-game at this point.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist F CHA 5 months ago

Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) will not play Tuesday against the Heat.

Kidd-Gilchrist will sit out another game Tuesday, and he will likely sit out until at least Friday. Jeff Taylor is expected to make another start in Kidd-Gilchrist's place Tuesday night.