Francisco Garcia makes his grand return to the hardwood

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Francisco Garcia, who was originally slated to be a starter for the Sacramento Kings before he broke his right forearm some four months ago. But he finally made his regular season debut for the Kings last night, amidst much fanfare and little of the actually playing. From Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee:

García entered the game with 9:54 left in the second quarter. He left with 8:31 to go before halftime with two fouls. His only shot attempt during that time was blocked by Rasheed Wallace. Many at Arco Arena met García with a standing ovation as he approached the scorer’s table. García, who did not play in the second half, admitted he was fatigued by his brief stint. “It felt good to be out there with my teammates,” García said. “I felt a little weird out there, but that was expected.”

Garcia’s mortal enemy, the physioball, was unavailable for comment.

Francisco still has a long way to go before he’s in any kind of NBA shape; players returning from significant injuries have to regain their timing and their stamina, not to mention their shooting touch. So while Garcia is likely to see the court in the coming weeks, he’s a long way away from supplanting Donte Greene or Omri Casspi as a starting forward. Garcia is still a significant member of this Kings team, and though he obviously had little to do with their early season success, he’s exactly the kind of rotation player Sacramento could use on a nightly basis.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.