Wednesday October 8th, 2014

Charlotte Hornets guard Gerald Henderson will miss 1-2 weeks with a hamstring injury, the team announced Tuesday.

Henderson had an MRI which showed a right hamstring strain. The 26-year-old Henderson started all 77 games he played last season and averaged 14.0 points and 4.0 rebounds. He has played his entire five-year career with Charlotte after being a first-round pick in 2009.

Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports that Henderson emphasized the value of the preseason earlier in the week.

Henderson spoke about the importance of the preseason Monday in reference to center Al Jefferson missing six preseason exhibitions a year ago.

“When you’re healthy and everything is going like it usually does, you don’t think about the steps you’re taking,” Henderson said. “You work out, you have the preseason and then you have games. It’s a process. You can’t skip steps.”

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Henderson is competing with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for the final starting spot, as Kemba Walker and free agent acquisition Lance Stephenson are expected to start in the back court. Stephenson had a breakout season for the Pacers last year, averaging 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists.

Under first-year head coach Steve Clifford, Charlotte made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2010.

The Hornets open the preseason on Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers. They host the Milwaukee Bucks on Oct. 29 to start the regular season.

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