Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Injury Opens Up Last-Ditch Chance for Two Failed NBA Pros

October 9th, 2015 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »

The Michael Kidd-Gilchrist injury was a major blow to the Charlotte Hornets. It was a major blow to Kidd-Gilchrist, who would be entering a critical year with regard to his development and role.

The only positive takeaway from October's setback revolves around the opportunity it creates. And in this case, Kidd-Gilchrist's shoulder surgery opened a window for a couple of underachievers.

Quite frankly, Jeremy Lamb and P.J. Hairston have each been presented with much-needed shots at redemption.

That third-year breakout just didn't happen for Lamb in 2014-15. Given the Oklahoma City Thunder's win-now mentality and the veterans who made up the roster, Lamb's silence through two seasons wasn't overly troubling. But alarms began to sound when he failed to capitalize on available minutes after Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each missed extended periods of time.  

A 2012 lottery pick, Lamb was essentially sent to the Hornets for peanuts (Luke Ridnour and a second-rounder), a reflection of his plummeting value just nine months before unrestricted free agency.

This could ultimately b ...

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