Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was at one point supposed to miss the entire season for the Charlotte Hornets. He tore his labrum after a hard fall that dislocated his shoulder during a pre-season game. This was a huge blow for the Hornets after they had just signed him to a new contract extension. Now however, Kidd-Gilchrist could be back as soon as tomorrow.
INJURY REPORT: @hornets MKG (right shoulder surgery) QUESTIONABLE Lamb (R toe) QUESTIONABLE Lin (R ankle sprain) OUT Jefferson/Zeller OUT— Charlotte Hornets PR (@HornetsPR) January 29, 2016
That's right, MKG has been listed as questionable on the initial injury report which is the first time all season he wasn't just assumed to be inactive. This is absolutely incredible news. Now questionable doesn't mean he's for sure going to play in tomorrow's game against the Portland TrailBlazers. Jeremy Lamb has been listed as questionable for awhile now, and he's still missed a handful of games. Whether Kidd-Gilchrist plays or not depends entirely on if he's 100 percent healthy, and ready to play at an NBA level again. That said, the Hornets upgrading him to questionalbe is clearly a sign that they are taking steps to get MKG back into the lineup.
It's truly incredible that MKG is even going to be playing in a game at all this season. When he was initially injured it was widely assumed he wouldn't be back until April at the earliest, and it didn't make sense to bring him back with close to no time left in the season. Now, he might return during the Hornets most important stretch of the year and give them a defensive boost they've greatly been missing.
Furthering the good news is that hopefully by the All-Star break the Hornets will be close to a fully healthy roster. Al Jefferson and Cody Zeller should have both returned by that point, and it would be extremely concerning if Jeremy Lamb or Jeremy Lin weren't both back in game shape by then as well. The Hornets could be leaving the All-Star break with a starting lineup of Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marvin Williams, and Al Jefferson. They'll also have players like Cody Zeller and Jeremy Lin coming off the bench giving them one hell of a rotation. Finally, we'll get a chance to see the Hornets team we've been wanting to see since day one. It's going to be fun.