Gerald Henderson suffered a hamstring strain and missed practice Tuesday.
Head coach Steve Clifford said the injury is a minor one, and described it as a "tweak". An MRI confirmed the strained hamstring, and a recovery time of one to two weeks has been set.
Clifford recently suggested that either Henderson or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would start for the Hornets this year, and offered no insight into which player he was leaning toward. With Henderson out for a couple of weeks, Kidd-Gilchrist becomes the de facto starter for possibly as many as six of the Hornets' preseason games. That could offer him an edge going into the regular season.
Unfortunately, despite how minor Henderson's injury is, it may play a role in the Hornets' ability to jell on the court as the team added several new pieces during the offseason. Chemistry takes time to develop, and with rookie Noah Vonleh also recovering from an injury, the Hornets will need to look further down the bench. In the long run, this probably won't affect the team's chemistry much, but a slow start to the season could have a significant impact on the team's seeding in the playoffs.