The New Orleans Hornets have yet to see their expensive guard, Eric Gordon, in full action for very long. He played just nine games last season and has yet to take the court this season. The question is, will Gordon play at all this season? It seemed Wednesday that Gordon was close to being ready. However, yesterday Gordon's clarification of his injury only made things more confusing.
According to Jimmy Smith of the New Orleans Times-Picaynne, Gordon suffered a setback in his recovery. He has been battling knee pain and said yesterday that he had some structural damage. Gordon said he has suffered the setback sometime between the U.S. Olympic trials and the start of the preseason. The most confusing part could be the team's handling of the injury against Gordon's understanding of the injury.
Here is the video of Gordon's post-practice conference with reporters.
Gordon had arthroscopic surgery on his knee in February. He was hoping to play for the Suns, but the Hornets matched the offer sheet and kept him in New Orleans for the next three seasons with a player option for a fourth year.
If the Hornets are without Gordon for the entire season, this could be one of the more disappointing contracts in recent memory. It's clear that Gordon has talent, but there have been a lot of questions surrounding his desire to play in New Orleans. Gordon played for the Clippers up until the Chris Paul trade brought him to New Orleans. In his career, Gordon has averaged 18.2 points per game.
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