In an official release in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Charlotte Hornets announced that small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had suffered a dislocated shoulder.
Kidd-Gilchrist suffered the injury in the Hornets 106-100 preseason victory over the Orlando Magic and was forced to leave the game early.
It was not good news for Hornets fans.
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The release stated that Kidd-Gilchrist "was taken to Florida Hospital South for x-rays and additional evaluation. X-rays taken at the hospital were negative. He will remain in Orlando overnight and is out for Sunday's game at Miami."
Kidd-Gilchrist is entering a vital season for the Hornets as they look to constantly improve in the weaker Eastern Conference. MKG entered the league in 2012 as the second overall pick in the draft behind Anthony Davis.
Although excellent defensively he has struggled offensively since joining the league but received a four-year, $52million extension this summer as his game constantly improves.
Kidd-Gilchrist averaged career highs in points (10.9) and rebounds (7.6) last season and was looking to have more of an impact offensively this season for the Hornets.
Only recently turned 22, the NCAA champion has more than enough time to fine-tune his skills and become a force in the NBA for the Hornets.