Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Cleared For Full-Contact Practice
Charlotte, N.C. — Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been cleared for full-contact practice by team orthopedist Dr. Marcus Cook, as he continues to rehabilitate his surgically repaired shoulder.
Dr. Cook performed successful surgery to repair Kidd-Gilchrist’s torn labrum on October 3, 2015. Kidd-Gilchrist has been participating in non-contact drills for two weeks and there is no timetable for his return to the active roster.
The fourth year player had his best year as a pro last year averaging 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while playing just under 30 minutes per contest. His 7.6 rebounds led all players at the small forward position last season. Kidd-Gilchrist is a tremendous athlete and his return would add a dynamic presence to the Hornet’s perimeter defense and offense.
The Hornets have lost eight of their last ten games following a promising start to the season. Injuries to star players Al Jefferson and Nicolas Batum derailed the team’s momentum and the Hornets need to get healthy in order to make a playoff push in the Eastern Conference. They are currently 19-22 and 2.5 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot.