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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist leaves on a stretcher after suffering a head injury against the Rockets (VIDEO)

Feb 2, 2013, 10:28 PM EDT

Anytime a player leaves on a stretcher as a precaution, the injury sustained has to be considered to be extremely serious. It’s just that it didn’t look that way initially in the case of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

MKG took a knee to the back of the head from teammate Jeff Taylor, as he went up to defend a fast break layup from Toney Douglas. He remained on the floor for several minutes, as members from both teams’ training staff attended to his injury.

Eventually, Kidd-Gilchrist was secured to a stretcher and carted off, with no visible signs of movement as he exited the arena. We obviously wish him nothing but the best, and we’ll provide an update just as soon as we get word of his condition.

Feb. 3, 12:15 a.m. ET: Here’s a brief update from Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer:

“The good news: Kidd-Gilchrist was talking and moving his extremities before being carted to the ambulance. Not much more was known in the post-game locker room.”

And more from Bonnell via his Twitter account:

“BREAKING: Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist diagnosed with a concussion. Will spend night in Houston hospital.”

“X-ray and CT scan showed no additional head and neck injuries. However, NBA now has a concussion protocol that MKG must pass before playing.”

  1. iritian - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Actually he was hit by Taylor’s hip.

  2. dko83 - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Hope he is ok, great player.

  3. jthammerstix - Feb 2, 2013 at 11:26 PM


    • fventricle - Feb 2, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      messed up dude

    • dondada10 - Feb 3, 2013 at 12:49 AM

  4. espfdps - Feb 3, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Jthammer. Go jump of something with that comment…hope mkg gets well soon

  5. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 3, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Looks like he may have got a concussion with the knee to the back of the head? Should be ok hopefully

  6. limonadamas - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    What the hell was Jeff Taylor thinking? He was nowhere NEAR close enough to contest the shot. Even if he could’ve touched the ball, it would’ve been a goaltend… He didn’t see MKG in front of him? What a ridiculous lack of court awareness. Get well soon, MKG.

    • hardballtalkusername - Feb 3, 2013 at 3:55 AM

      I will play devil’s advocate here limonadams. First of all, Jeff Taylor isn’t a very good player and he wasn’t looking at MKG’s falling when he jumped, Gilcrhist also fell at an unusual angle. This was a fluke injury and you are correct that it would have been a goal-tend but he was trying to contest the shot and goal-tends do happen about once a game for a reason. In the end I don’t fault Taylor for trying as he may know that as a player averaging 6.6 ppg and 42.5 FG% with the Bobcats, his NBA career may be limited. Hope MKG is okay, that was very scary to see him not moving while being carried off. When I watched this the whole time I was thinking, please give the thumbs up.

      • limonadamas - Feb 3, 2013 at 9:30 PM

        I agree, of course it was a fluke accident. But MKG was like directly in front of Taylor pretty much the entire way down the floor.

        These guys are professional athletes. I think you’re giving Taylor too much credit. They’re a lot better at basketball than you or I (see the White Mamba video), even if they’re “just” bench guys. It’s just a strange injury because most of the time with these fluke injuries, there’s some aspect of being “blindsided.” I would expect to see this degree of lack of body awareness in a rec league, not in the NBA (again, I’m implying it was done on purpose, just commenting on Taylor’s lack of court awareness).

        Anyway, nice to have an exchange on these boards without personal attacks. hahaha =)

      • limonadamas - Feb 3, 2013 at 9:31 PM

        argh… I’m *not* implying it was done on purpose.

  7. steelers4385 - Feb 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    No way. Now every baby and his mommy cry in football so bball girls it to now? Pretty soon they will all be wearing helmets

    • misterchainbluelightning - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      If people like you ran the NFL it would be a niche sport in 30 years played by guys with the talent level of Division II players. And that’s a 100% fact, thank god the owners can read data and understand it.

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