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Eric Gordon not expected to practice for another week

Oct 9, 2012, 2:07 AM EST

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And Eric Gordon is still out in New Orleans.

His surgically-repaired right knee kept him out the first week of drills at camp and it is still giving him trouble. Which means it could be another week before he is back on the court. Or longer, like the entire preseason. That according to the Times-Picayune.

Gordon did not participate in any contact work during the first week of training camp, and Coach Monty Williams said Monday it’s unlikely Gordon will see the floor much this week as well. The Hornets play three exhibition games in four days this week….

“We’re going to limit him still,” Williams said Monday. “I think we’ll know more about Eric next week when we start to ramp him up a little bit on the floor. He’s been involved in our walk-throughs. He’s participated in a lot of our exercises. But I think we’re erring on the side of caution right now.”

Well, that’s the side you should error on. But this knee operation was back on Valentines Day and Gordon pushed to be back for the last few games of the regular season. The fact he is still sitting out is a little concerning.

But for the Hornets its not about the preseason, really it’s not about this season at all. The Hornets need to build and think in the long term. We know that when healthy Gordon is as good a young two guard as there is in the league (if you forget, remember back to what he did as part of Team USA winning the gold at the FIBA World Championships in 2010). The Hornets need to be patient and wait for that Gordon to return.

Gordon is a part of what is being built in the Big Easy. And if it takes longer to get his knee right in this preseason, then he and he Hornets wait. Tough as that may be at times.

  1. metalhead65 - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    the guy has all the talent in the world but is injured way to much for the money he is getting paid. he will come back and be injured within a month if not less wait and see. glad the pacers did not overpay to get him this off season.

  2. moseskkim - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    He does have major talent. Preseason is important but real games are more so they should be cautious with him and be conservative with his minutes. He would’ve been a great fit for Indiana in my opinion. Indiana lacks a slasher/create his own shot. Hill can slash and west can get his own but Gordon can do both quite well. Plus I’m not that high on Paul George on the offensive side(great on D).

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