On Thursday, Gordon told reporters that his knee injury is legitimate and that is the only reason that he missed the Hornets season opener and the entire preseason, not because he no longer wants to be a member of the team. “I know things haven’t been going as well as hoped,” said Gordon after the team’s Thursday practice. Gordon then continued with, “It’s tough as a player to go through these things. You’re looking for the best from yourself and you look forward to doing what is best for the team. As a player, I definitely look forward to helping this franchise and always look out for the best for this team. It has been very frustrating not to be able to play”.
There had been speculation amongst members of the local media in New Orleans that perhaps Gordon had been sitting out of games due to his displeasure that the Hornets matched the four-year, $58 million offer that was extended to him by the Phoenix Suns during the off-season.
Gordon was the major piece that New Orleans received in return when they traded Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers prior to last season. Since Gordon has been with the Hornets, he has suited up for nine out of 67 possible games. Last season Gordon missed most of the year with the knee issue and had surgery on it in attempts to correct it, but he says that he began ailing him again not long before try-outs for the 2012 Olympic basketball team.
Hornets head coach Monty Williams is beginning to get tried of the questions and speculation surrounding Gordon just one game into the season. When asked about the situation Williams replied “He probably does feel pain. That would be the only reason why a guy can’t play. I’ll find out more as we go forward. I’m not going to do this every game. I’ve told you he’s not playing. He’s out indefinitely.”