CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss six months after having right shoulder surgery Tuesday night.
The team's top defensive player tore his labrum and dislocated his shoulder in a preseason game Saturday night against the Magic in Orlando.
Kidd-Gilchrist elected to have surgery after consulting with team orthopedist Marcus Cook earlier in the day. Had he not opted for surgery, the chances of reinjuring the shoulder were much higher.
Hornets coach Steve Clifford plans to spend the rest of the preseason looking at different combinations to fill the void left by Kidd-Gilchrist.
Clifford said the injury is a "hit" to the Hornets, but said the injury will give a chance for others to emerge.
Clifford hasn't decided who will replace Kidd-Gilchrist but said Nicolas Batum is expected to see more action than first expected at small forward. He was originally expected to start at shooting guard.
Sefolosha trial: A white police officer singled out a black pro basketball player as he filed out of a trendy nightclub this year, sparking a confrontation that resulted in the player's arrest and a season-ending leg fracture, a defense lawyer told jurors as a trial started in New York for Thabo Sefolosha of the Hawks.
"I don't know what he saw," attorney Alex Spiro said of the officer, JohnPaul Giacona, who first told the Sefolosha to clear the area early on April 8. "I think he saw a black man in a hoodie."
Sefolosha, 30, has been charged with misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He pleaded not guilty and refused a plea deal.
But a prosecutor said the 6-foot-6 Sefolosha acted entitled and disdainful to officers trying to clear hundreds of people off a street following an earlier stabbing outside the club by calling the 5-7 Giacona "a midget."
"The defendant does not think he needs to obey the law," assistant district attorney Jesse Matthews said. "He does not like being told what to do."
The case stems from a struggle outside the 1Oak nightclub in Chelsea after Pacers forward Chris Copeland and two women were stabbed.