Eric Gordon missed the team's preseason game Tuesday - completely. He was not with the team at all. It was later pointed out that Gordon had permission not to be on the bench with the team for their game against the Charlotte Bobcats. The New Orleans Hornets' guard has been battling a knee injury that has kept him out of practices and the teams first two preseason games. Gordon will likely miss at least another week with the knee injury.
The Hornets are hopeful to get Gordon back in about a week, but that would be the earliest he would return to the court says John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picaynne. Gordon had arthroscopic knee surgery in February but was able to participate in voluntary workouts with the team this summer until he started feeling soreness in the surgically-repaired knee.
The team is taking a cautious approach to Gordon's return, but coach Monty Williams would love to see him back on the court as soon as possible.
"Anything we can do to get him what he needs so he can get back on the floor working out, we want to take advantage of it in the preseason,’’ Williams said.The 23-year old Gordon was the 7th overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2008 draft. He was sent to New Orleans in the deal that sent Chris Paul to Los Angeles. Last season, in nine games with New Orleans, Gordon averaged 21.5 points per game. In his career he has averaged 18.3 points per game.
The Hornets hope he can provide them a boost after they lost perhaps the best point guard in the league in Chris Paul. Gordon's knee is not expected to keep him from the team's regular season opener.