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Gordon to have arthroscopic knee surgery

Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:23 am
Edited on: February 14, 2012 12:36 am
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By Matt Moore 

The New Orleans Hornets announced Monday night that their best player, Eric Gordon will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday and will be out up to an additional six more weeks. Gordon, who has missed all but two games since being traded for the Clippers, has had repeated setbacks with the knee injury this year.

There was some concern going into the trade of Chris Paul for the package that  the  Hornets received in return concerning Gordon being injury prone. This only further complicates the Hornets' decision making this summer when they attempt to sign Gordon in restricted free agency at a reasonable value. 

A team statement from Hornets GM Dell Demps, who's pretty much having the worst professional year possible, reads:

“After consulting with our medical staff, we concluded that surgery was the best route and in the best interest of Eric for the long term. We had hoped with rest and rehab, Eric's knee would have healed.” General Manager Dell Demps said. “Eric is eager to return to the court and we are confident Hornet Fans will get to see him soon.”

The Hornets are 5-23 this season after a win over the Jazz Monday night.
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Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 5:47 pm
 

Gordon to have arthroscopic knee surgery

der - it was to have been a three-way trade between the Hornets, Lakers and Rockets.

Lakers would've gotten Paul, Rockets would've gotten Pau, and the Hornets would gotten Odom (from the Lakers), and Martin, Scola and Dragic (from the Rockets)...instead they got a broken down Gordon (for two games this season - wOO-hOO!), a Kaman and Aminu, and a Timberwolves #1 pick this summer...probably not even a top 10 pick.

So, I ask again, what were Stern's "basketball reasons" again???



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:19 pm
 

Gordon to have arthroscopic knee surgery

And they got him.  He has looked awful and everyone knew that he was on the decline.  Champions make mistakes too.



Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:21 pm
 

Gordon to have arthroscopic knee surgery

Why do you all keep mentioning Odom? The hornets were getting Gasol Martin Scola and Dragic... A far better deal than they got. Some dumb owners complained about the lakers cap space, which is irrelevant because they will end up with Dwight Howard anyway. The league did the Hornets a terrible disservice. For one, the lakers were giving up playersand the league decides to step in. Great ..too little too late and unfortunate for the hornets and their fans



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:49 pm
 

Gordon to have arthroscopic knee surgery

I do understand your point about Stearn and you maybe right.  However, the only person who you can really blame is Chris Paul.  These selfish athletes sign contracts and try to get out of them all the time.  Players should not force a teams hand.  He was under contract and should have kept his mouth shut.  It might be time to start forcing these spoiled brats to honor their contracts or don't play.  Blame selfish athletes.  Players actually requesting where they want to be traded, bull.  A player should have no right to talk about these things.  Don't give me the 1st Amendment act either, he is paid substantially by his employer.  Employers in all walks of life hush employees up all the time while they are working.  When players conduct these interviews they are on company time.



Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:31 pm
 

Gordon to have arthroscopic knee surgery

This is depressing.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:13 pm
 

Gordon to have arthroscopic knee surgery

The Hornets would've gotten a lot more than Lamar Odom, they would've also had Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, and Goran Dragic to go along with Lamar - that's quite a haul which would've put them squarely into the playoff picture in the West and kept them competitive for years to come.  Ah...but no, "basketball reasons" prevailed in the unprecedented maneouverings of the meddling David Stern and instead he's got the oft injured Eric Gordon - lost for the season after playing just two games in a Hornets uniform - as the centerpiece of the redone deal.




Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:55 am
 

Gordon to have arthroscopic knee surgery

I disagree with the stop blaming Stern statement. Stern needs to be blamed because of the process, regardless of the details of the trade. He was in a conflict of interest and whether he admits it or not, it was other owners yelling in his ear like Dan Gilbert that resulted in the initial trade being voided. Only after, he covered his tracks by saying he was looking out for the interests of NO.

I understand the whole tear it down and rebuild with youth strategy but in the end some teams that do that just end up wallowing at the bottom for a long long time. Losing perpetuates losing and makes the team less appealing to other players who might consider playing there. The Laker, Houston offer would have NO in the playoff picture, if Odom wasn't fitting in you could have gotten good value (young talent or draft picks) by trading him. A smal;l market team with a mid ranged playoff team isn't that bad. A trade or two and you could even move up a tier.

As it stands sadly, NO is at the bottom of the league and their big hope is that they will get a high draft pick and land a star to build around but that star will likely play out the rookie contract and move on anyways. Some say Stern is so brilliant that he decided to make NO so bad they would land a star in the draft. If so, that is a pretty pathetic strategy. In fact I suspect the high draft pick was never thought of, Stern was too busy covering his @ss than to think that far ahead.



Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:50 am
 

Gordon to have arthroscopic knee surgery

Rack.... uhhh, the defending champions wanted him evidently....



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:16 am
 

Gordon to have arthroscopic knee surgery

You can stop blaming Stearn.  Who the heck would want Lamar Odom anywayrs, one of the most overrated players in the NBA.  Stearn is not the one that decided to play with a young player all season.  This player should have been under the knife a month ago.  Makes me wonder if Gordon is scared of surgery.  There is no way that the medical staff didn't know this.  There should be some openings this off season with the Hornets medical staff.



Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:05 am
 

Gordon to have arthroscopic knee surgery

Let's see how David Stern handled the Hornets this off-season. He vetoed a trade to bring Lamar Odem and others from a proven winning team, but he approved the trade to get injury-prone Gordon and made the Clippers a legit team for once in their historied past. No wonder the NBA is an individual league run by Stern. Yep, he really made the Hornets more competitive @ 5-23 this year.....


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