Here we go again.
Pelicans guard Eric Gordon has been battling an ankle injury for essentially three seasons now. He's played just 107 games over the past three years, and had tense relations with his coach throughout last season. Gordon had arthroscopic surgery on the problematic ankle in May, but was expected to be ready for camp. With the addition of Jrue Holiday and other veterans, it seemed like Gordon was getting on board.
Now, the injury is causing more issues. Gordon's out the first two weeks of preseason out of what his coach Monty Williams describes as a precaution.
On Tuesday, Williams told local reporters that shooting guard Eric Gordon is not expected to be able to play in an exhibition game for “about two weeks.” Gordon participated in practice but is being monitored as he progresses in his conditioning following offseason ankle surgery.
“He's ramping up, getting his conditioning back, since he just got his release from the doctors,” Williams said. “He's moving toward the type of conditioning he needs to be in. I don't want him to go out there full bore and pull a hamstring or something, because he hasn't been going (physically) as long as the other guys have.”
It's just a precaution, but it's going to make people nervous. Gordon has had so many injuries escalate from "He's got some soreness he's going to sit a little bit" to "He's out indefinitely but will be back relatively soon" to "No one knows when he's coming back" that you have to be concerned. His numbers weren't good when he retuned last season, but he did look much better than he had in previous years.
Maybe it's really not a big deal, but it's certainly something to monitor as preseason goes along, given the complex nature of his injury history.
Gordon averaged 17 points and three assists last season for the Pelicans in just 42 games. He shot just 40 percent from the field.
HT: The Bird Writes