|Gordon is already having knee issues. (US Presswire)|
Here we go again.
Eric Gordon has gotten the reputation as being injury-prone. He missed 26 games in 2010-11 and played in just nine contests last season after being traded to New Orleans in the Chris Paul deal. Gordon signed a max offer from the Suns in restricted free agency last summer, then saw New Orleans match that deal to keep him a Hornet. This was supposed to be the season they went forward. And it's already starting off with problems for Gordon's health.
The Hornets announced on Monday in a press release:
The New Orleans Hornets announced today that Hornets guard Eric Gordon will have limited participation in training camp due to soreness in his right knee. Eric experienced soreness in his right knee while participating in voluntary workouts with the team at the end of the summer. Gordon underwent arthroscopic surgery last season on his right knee and returned to full strength at the end of the season and during the Olympic tryouts.
“The team is taking a cautious approach with Eric to give him the best chance to be ready for the season," General Manager Dell Demps said.
In an interview with the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Gordon didn't act concerned about the injury:
"Just a little aggravation right now, and I'm not very concerned,'' Gordon said during Monday's media day at the Alario Center. "It's just something that you hate to deal with at this point and time. But, at the same time, I'm looking forward to getting ready and progressing during camp.''
There's no swelling in the knee, so that's a really good sign. But Gordon had so many different leg problems last year, for him to already be experiencing pain is not how the Hornets want to kick off the year with so much riding on him.
It's good that the team is getting out in front of it and being careful with it (like the Sixers are with Andrew Bynum). It's just worrisome (as it is with Bynum) that a guy with a history of injuries that keep him out of games has already started having a problem, and particularly an issue with the knee. It's definitely something to watch as camp progresses.