Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist left the Hornets’ preseason opener against the Orlando Magic on Saturday with a right shoulder injury and had to go to the hospital for further evaluation, the team announced. Initial indications were that the injury was somewhat serious, and the Hornets announced Saturday night that it’s a dislocated shoulder:
Injury Update: @hornets Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a dislocated right shoulder in Sat's preseason game vs ORL.
— Charlotte Hornets PR (@HornetsPR) October 4, 2015
The injury occurred in the first half of the Hornets’ 106-100 victory over the Magic when Kidd-Gilchrist was fouled by Tobias Harris while curling off a screen. The fourth-year man immediately left the game and didn’t return.
Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to play a key role for Charlotte after signing a four-year, $52 million extension this offseason. He’s one of the best wing defenders in the league, and the Hornets were much better when he was on the court last season. The forward played in only 55 games last year due to injuries, and now he may be looking at more time missed.