Bad news for former Kentucky Wildcats star and NCAA champion Michael-Kidd Gilchrist.
The current Charlotte Hornets forward is going to miss as much as the first entire 2015-16 NBA season after suffering a shoulder injury Saturday night. According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, MKG will have to undergo shoulder surgery as a result of the injury:
Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will undergo shoulder surgery and likely miss the entire season, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss six months with the injury, which wouldn't allow for a possible return until the final weeks of the season in April. It leaves little hope that Kidd-Gilchrist can return to the lineup this season.
Kidd-Gilchrist has suffered a dislocated right shoulder Saturday in the first half of a 106-100 preseason victory over the Magic. He was fouled on the play by Magic forward Tobias Harris and landed hard on the ground before being transported to Florida Hospital South for X-rays, which were negative.
The team signed him to a four-year, $52 million contract extension over the off-season, which reinforces his importance going forward. Last season the Hornets went 5-20 in games he didn’t play, but were 28-29 when he played.
Get well soon MKG.