Player News - Hornets

Date: Team: Pos:

Kemba Walker is reportedly being advised by Charlotte management to undergo surgery due to the fact that he is dealing with an injury to his meniscus.

Walker is set to undergo an MRI on Monday, after which we will know more about his status. It's not yet known whether he is dealing with a separate tear, or if it's the same cyst that he's been dealing with since high school. If the surgery is done for a cyst he would be looking at around six weeks on the sidelines, but a separate tear would likely be the end of Walker’s season. Stay tuned.
Jan 25 - 3:59 PM

If Kemba Walker (knee) needs surgery, Brian Roberts would take over as the starter.

The Hornets are just giving Walker an MRI as a precaution, but there is still the possibility he needs to miss time. Roberts led the NBA in free throw percentage last season and he's capable putting up numbers in steals, dimes and treys. At this point, it's not a bad idea to add Roberts in competitive leagues until Walker gets the all clear. We should have the results in the next few days.
Jan 25 - 11:05 AM

Kemba Walker is set to have an MRI on his knee and surgery is reportedly not off the table.

He has been dealing with a cyst in his left knee since high school so it's very surprising to see it flare up now. There is no indication as to when Walker will be evaluated, but we would expect another report soon. Walker's owners shouldn't panic just yet, and should wait until further details are released before doing anything drastic. Should Walker miss any time, Brian Roberts will likely step into a starting role with Lance Stephenson and Gary Neal also handling the ball more. Stay tuned.
Jan 25 - 9:51 AM

Lance Stephenson has seen his name pop up in trade rumors all season, but he is doing his best to ignore them in an effort to help Charlotte secure a spot in the playoffs.

"You can't help but hear stuff," said Stephenson. "I just want to stay focused and stay positive and try to help this team. I'm here, and that's all that matters right now." Stephenson played almost 29 minutes on Saturday which is the most he had played since going down with a pelvis injury, so it looks like he is getting close to 100 percent. While the rumors won't stop until all the way up to the trade deadline, a trade wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing considering how much he has struggled to adapt in Charlotte.
Source: Newsday
Jan 25 - 9:05 AM

Marvin Williams has been diagnosed with a concussion.

It's been a bloodbath with the injuries today and Williams is going to have to go through the concussion protocol. The good news for the Hornets is that they're off until Wednesday, so Williams may not miss any time. Although, he was awfully groggy on Saturday. Cody Zeller will play a few more minutes.
Jan 24 - 10:38 PM

Al Jefferson blocked a season-high seven shots during a 76-71 win over the Knicks on Saturday, adding nine points, six rebounds and one turnover on 4-of-14 from the field in 30 minutes.

He started the second half because of the injury to Bismack Biyombo (knee). Jefferson didn't quite look like his old self and had some trouble establishing position on the low block on offense, but he obviously played well on defense with his seven blocks. The Hornets are off for a few days, so it would be a good bet that Big Al starts in his next game.
Jan 24 - 10:04 PM

Lance Stephenson played 29 minutes off the bench against the Knicks on Saturday with six points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals.

He was laboring through his groin strain throughout the first half and finally got into a rhythm in the second half. Stephenson ran the offense tonight with Kemba Walker (knee) out and it resembled his style of play in Indiana. Walker won't be out long, so Stephenson's adjustment period should continue. He's a fringe player to own in standard leagues.
Jan 24 - 10:02 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made 2-of-10 from the field and 6-of-9 from the line for 10 points with seven rebounds, two steals and no turnovers in 30 minutes against the Knicks on Saturday.

It's been the same story with MKG all season. While he has improved slightly on his jumper, he is still below 42 percent from the field in each of his last two months -- no 3-pointers either. Kidd-Gilchrist will need a fantasy miracle to be a top-100 player in standard leagues.
Jan 24 - 10:00 PM

Brian Roberts scored 17 points with three rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer during a start against the Knicks on Saturday.

He played off the ball a little more than the last time Kemba Walker (knee) missed time because the Hornets have Lance Stephenson and Al Jefferson back this time. Roberts is only going to have decent fantasy value while Walker is out, which doesn't appear to be too long because he only has some soreness. Unless you're cutting dead weight, he can be left on the wire.
Jan 24 - 9:58 PM

Cody Zeller played 32 minutes against the Knicks on Saturday with eight points, eight rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks.

With Bismack Biyombo (knee) and Marvin Williams (head) hurt, Zeller is going to get more minutes. He isn't much of a stat-filler because he's not really involved in the offense while he's with the first unit. Unless he was already on the short list of players you were considering, his outlook shouldn't change too much with the injuries.
Jan 24 - 9:56 PM

Marvin Williams is being a evaluated for a concussion due to an injury in the first half against the Knicks on Saturday.

He was walking back very slow and he will likely have to go through the concussion protocol. With Williams out, the Hornets are going to have to get creative for their forward spots. Cody Zeller will play more while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist may play some four. Noah Vonleh and Jason Maxiell may get in the rotation if there are other injuries to Bismack Biyombo and Lance Stephenson.
Jan 24 - 8:29 PM

Marvin Williams went to the locker room with an apparent leg injury on Saturday.

It did not look good and he headed back to the locker room with a limp. Williams was walking slowly and there's a chance he's done for the night, especially considering how many leg injuries he's had in his career. Cody Zeller will get more run while Jason Maxiel and Noah Vonleh could help out.
Jan 24 - 8:08 PM

Bismack Biyombo (right knee contusion) is questionable to return on Saturday night.

This game is a nightmare with three Hornets already suffering leg injuries tonight. Plus, Kemba Walker (knee) is out. If Biyombo can't return, it'll be more of Al Jefferson.
Jan 24 - 8:05 PM

Al Jefferson will come off the bench again on Saturday vs. the Knicks.

He looked good with 22 points and 11 boards on Friday, but the Hornets are just being careful. The Hornets will start Brian Roberts, Gerald Henderson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo. Jefferson is safe to start in standard leagues, but is a little risky for DFS.
Jan 24 - 5:22 PM

Kemba Walker (left knee cyst) will miss Saturday's game against the Knicks due to knee soreness.

With tonight off, he'll have four days to recover. Walker had a really bad game against the Cavs on Friday, so it makes sense to sit him down. It'll be Brian Robert logging minutes as the starter in a favorable matchup. We can also expect to see Lance Stephenson run the offense a little more tonight. Gary Neal will also play some minutes at backup point guard.
Jan 24 - 5:02 PM


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