Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is set to miss six straight months of Basketball, following a torn labrum in his right shoulder giving more opportunity to Jeremy Lin and Nicolas Batum.
Charlotte Hornets will miss Michael after he underwent an MRI on Monday as they look forward to meet the Team’s Orthopaedist to evaluate the next steps of his treatment.
According to Hoopshabbit, the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft was having a prime run the past season and is looking bright this pre-season before dislocating his shoulder. The team will miss the energy and the depth as it depends on Lin and Batum to fill in the responsibility.
Michael will miss nearly 40 percent of the NBA season as lingering issues will continue to haunt his future endeavors. He has to undergo serious rehab and coming back to the floor again might be a challenge for him.
Hornet’s coach Steve Clifford, talking about Batum in an interview with NBCSports, said, “For his career he has always been around 13 or 14 points per game, but I think he will get more play calls here. The big thing isn’t necessarily the number but how efficient he is – and I think he will play very efficiently.”
Batum has assisted with fellow wing mate Kidd-Gilchrist and will play an expanded role according to CBSSports. Batum has scored 14 points with six rebounds and three assists in his first game of the the preseason against the Orlando Magic.
Lin is also one of the favorites as he scored a team-high 17 points with seven assists and three rebounds. Coming from the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent, Lin played a major role in downing the Magic. Starting off to play as a backup point guard, the coach might start him as a small forward which will give him the primary spot as a backup guard.
Fans are hoping that Kidd-Gilchrist will be back before the Eastern Conference playoffs.Until then Lin and Batum should take the added responsibility to “pick up the clack”.