The Charlotte Bobcats have indicated they’ll move rather slowly in bringing back their most important player, small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, from a concussion he sustained last week.
It’s a good idea that they do so.
He’s only 19 years old so Kidd-Gilchrist needs to feel entirely comfortable in his role on the court before he comes back.
Kidd-Gilchrist has had missed results in his rookie season after being drafted second overall by the Bobcats. A significant date that gave him plenty of confidence was Nov. 10, 2012, when he notched his first double-double in a 101-97 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. That moment indicated his NBA days had arrived since he became the second youngest player behind LeBron James under the age of 20 to accomplish a 25-point and 12-rebound game.
But at 10 points and six rebounds a game, Kidd-Gilchrist wasn’t exactly turning the world on fire, making some observers wonder if another collegiate season may have helped his progression as a player. Playing for the struggling Bobcats hasn’t helped either.
Then came a scary moment when he collided with a teammate on Feb. 2 in a game against the Houston Rockets and sustained a concussion.
A good sign for Charlotte came in the Cleveland Cavaliers game this week when Kidd-Gilchrist made the trip but missed the game. Bobcat Mike Dunlap said Kidd-Gilchrist’s head is clear and his physical signs are positivie. Kidd-Gilchrist has told his coach he’s feeling well.
But there’s no reason to bring him back too quickly. He’s the cornerstone of the franchise and needs to be dealt with in a delicate matter.