Bobcat's Gerald Henderson to undergo hip surgery

Staff writerMay 10, 2011 

— Charlotte Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson is expected to miss four to six months while recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.

Surgery was scheduled today in Vail, Col., after a specialist at the Steadman Clinic there discovered the problem. Henderson sought treatment for ongoing pain in his left knee. Doctors concluded his hip issue was affecting his knee.

“Gerald had some knee tendinitis issues this season, and the doctors have told us that fixing this congenital defect in his hip should alleviate those problems,” general manager Rod Higgins said in a prepared statement. “The doctors also feel that addressing the hip issue now will help prevent the possibility of further damage in the future.”

Dr. Marc Philippon was scheduled to perform the procedure on Henderson today, so that he could start the recovery process immediately. The Bobcats anticipate Henderson being ready for the start of training camp. That would be in early October, assuming an anticipated lockout of players by the NBA doesn’t delay opening camps.

The labrum is a ring of cartilage that surrounds the ball-and-socket mechanism of hips and shoulders. According to the Bobcats’ announcement, this injury is a “congenital issue’’ that has caused an impingement.

Henderson had bouts of pain in his knee throughout the season. Despite that, the former Duke star had a breakout the second half of his second NBA season, following the trade of Gerald Wallace to Portland.

Wallace’s departure moved Henderson into the starting lineup at shooting guard (with Stephen Jackson switching to small forward). Henderson thrived late-season, including a 32-point performance against the Orlando Magic April 6.

Coach Paul Silas praised Henderson’s improved jump shot and suggested Henderson spend the off-season making similar improvement in his ballhandling.

Bobcats owner Michael Jordan said at the season’s conclusion that he sees potential in Henderson to be an All-Star sometime in the next three seasons.

rbonnell@charlotteobserver.com

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