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Gerald Henderson out for 4-6 months with hip surgery

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In completely unexpected news, the Bobcats revealed that second-year Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson will undergo hip surgery to fix a torn labrum today.

Rod Higgins said that Henderson's knee tendinitis problems would be mostly cleared up by the surgery on the hip problem that Gerald has had since birth.

The doctors also feel that addressing the hip issue now will help prevent the possibility of further damage in the future.

- Higgins

Henderson's recovery looks to be anywhere between 4-6 months and the team expects him to be ready and helthy in time for training camp.

While the surgery seems precautionary, rather than reactionary, let's all just hope this doesn't impede his development too much. 

But as precautionary as it may be, this may change the team's outlook in the draft and free agency. It just all depends on how much the team thinks this may affect Henderson's future.

The full press release after the jump.

Charlotte Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson will undergo surgery on his left hip today to repair a torn labrum due to a congenital issue that is causing an impingement. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Marc Philippon at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado.

"Gerald had some knee tendinitis issues this season, and the doctors have told us that fixing this congenital defect in his hip should alleviate those problems," said Bobcats General Manager Rod Higgins. "The doctors also feel that addressing the hip issue now will help prevent the possibility of further damage in the future."

Henderson’s recovery is estimated to take 4-6 months and he is expected to fully participate in training camp prior to the 2011-12 season.

Henderson averaged 9.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists last season. He scored in double figures in 22 of his last 28 games, averaging 14.7 points per game during the stretch.

 

http://www.nba.com/bobcats/release_henderson_110510.html