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How was Michael Carter-Williams’ first live scrimmage as a Charlotte Hornet?

October 07, 2017 05:23 PM

Friday was a big practice for new Charlotte Hornets backup point guard Michael Carter-Williams: His first live 5-on-5 scrimmage since last spring.

Carter-Williams, signed by the Hornets in July, had not been cleared prior to Friday for contact. He had platelet-rich plasma treatments on both knees over the summer to help heal patella tendon tears. Carter-Williams had last scrimmaged during the playoffs as a member of the Chicago Bulls.

Friday was only a half-court scrimmage, but Carter-Williams found it productive, as he catches up.

“Today I forgot a few plays, but I’ll get there,” said Carter-Williams, who signed a one-year, $2.7 million contract.

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“I felt great. It’s great to compete out there; it’s what I missed the most,” Carter-Williams said. “My timing is a little bit off. I need to get back to playing at the pace of this team. My knees have been fine.”

Carter-Williams was signed to back up Kemba Walker. In his absence, third-stringer Julyan Stone has gotten the minutes when Walker sits.

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