Five days ago, Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle announced that the whole team wasn’t yet in the NBA Bubble inside the confines of the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Specifically, he mentioned that forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was not with the team, but that they were working through logistics to resolve the situation.
The Mavs arrived in Orlando on July 8. It took them 11 days to work things out and get Kidd-Gilchrist inside the bubble. He said the delay was due to a family matter.
“I had some personal things I had to handle with my family,” Kidd-Gilchrist said. “I’m just happy to be here. I got here—when did I get here? (laughs) Saturday.”
The number of available players the Mavericks have at their disposal now stands at 13. The Mavericks are still waiting on the arrival of point guard Trey Burke. Carlisle announced that he has yet to join the team two days ago, again citing logistics as the reason.
Dallas signed Kidd-Gilchrist, the former No. 2 overall draft pick in 2012, off waivers on February 11. He appeared in just nine games for Dallas, totaling 71 minutes, before the NBA suspended play on March 11. He connected on just one of seven field goal attempts during that time.
Now that he’s rejoined the team, he’s looking forward to getting back to basketball and the Mavericks’ forthcoming playoff appearance. He’s already participated in two practices. As for what he missed most while he was away? The camaraderie.
“I just missed the interaction,” Kidd-Gilchrist said. “Just being able to hoop. We have a lot to look forward to as a team and also me personally.”