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Eric Gordon benched in second half at Utah after shouting match with his head coach

Apr 6, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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The Hornets were competitive in Utah into the third quarter on Friday, but things fell apart in the fourth when the team managed to score just 16 points in an eventual 12-point loss to the Jazz.

The points might have come easier had Eric Gordon, the team’s leading scorer, actually been in the game.

Gordon was subbed out, however, with 8:37 to play in the third and did not return, thanks to a shouting match that occurred on the sidelines between him and his head coach, Monty Williams.

From Andrew Aragon of NBA.com:

Hornets coach Monty Williams and point guard Eric Gordon got into a screaming match during a timeout with 8:37 left in the third quarter. Millsap had just scored on a putback to put Utah ahead 55-47 and New Orleans called a timeout. Williams was visibly agitated, yelling in Gordon’s direction. He had to be held back by assistant coach Randy Ayers after Gordon hollered back at him, and when the team went to the sidelines, Williams continued screaming at Gordon.

New Orleans is finishing up a dismal campaign that has the team at 26-50 with just six games remaining in the regular season. The last thing it needs is public friction between its max player and head coach in the little time that’s left.

Gordon has appeared in just 36 games for the Hornets this year due to injury, and is averaging 16.5 points and 3.1 assists in 29.5 minutes per game this season. He has three more guaranteed years left on a contract that will pay him more than $14 million in each of the next two seasons, and over $15 million in 2016.

  1. saint1997 - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Somehow he’ll end up traded. But of a shame because I really like him as a scorer he’s very talented. I’m not suggesting it’s coach’s fault but does Monty Williams strike anyone else as arrogant? Just gives me that impression and if so I’m not surprised those two got into a fight

  2. patfic15 - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Eric Gordon.
    Leave.
    Pelican fans.

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      Can’t. He tried. You guys just HAD to counter PHX offer.

  3. hpeters77 - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    He never wanted to be with the pelicans/hornets and he’s showing it, just trade the injured prone dude

  4. adoombray - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Beas + takeyourpick PJ Tucker/Dudley/a Morris/ the Lakers 1st for Gordon? maybe throw in shannon browns expiring? Phoenix might as well be called “the spare change” and has plenty of bench to throw to make the deal work.

    Make it happen Sarver.

    • raidmagic - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      They already have a malcontent, why would they take Beasely?

  5. ultichiva - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Trade for a draft pick,…Maybe Pelicans WILL get “lucky” & land Brttney Griner…
    There’s a FRONTcourt for ya…

  6. elcapitanfiscal - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    The pelicans..i still can’t get over the name..

  7. veinsofgod - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    This quoted NBA writer should know that Eric Gordon is NOT a point guard. Never has been in the NBA.

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      I know. This may be the only professional site where the readers know more then the authors. Still fun as hell to come here and read the articles and shoot the shtt with the regs. I love PBT, flaws and all.

  8. biggame28 - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Eric Gordon sucks

  9. zacksdad - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    And this all you have left to show from the CP3 trade, great job Stern. “Owners” like Stern and Jimmie Buss should leave the GMing to the the GMs.

  10. weaselpuppy - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Rodney Stuckey and Charlie V, both $8.5m contracts that expire in 2014…salary dump….

  11. fearthehoody - Apr 7, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Eric Gordon, or as he is known in LA, The walking band-aid

  12. davidly - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    Is it true that they’re changing their name to the Sparkle Ponies?

  13. dysraw1 - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    things just didn’t go E.Gs way happy in LA, when things weren’t going so well. then when he gets traded his former team starts making trips inside the second season.

  14. jolink653 - Apr 7, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    What a shame for the Hornets/Pelicans…With Gordon and Davis to build around, they could have something special in the near future if they added the right pieces to the mix with them, but Gordon for whatever reason just won’t buy into the team philosophy…Not sure why he hates New Orleans so much, but they can’t have this headache on their roster if he’s gonna keep causing problems…On the other hand though, you can’t trade him because it will be giving in to what he wants and letting him dictate the terms, not to mention they gave up Chris Paul for Gordon, the centerpiece of that trade…He better change his attitude

  15. skinsfanwill - Apr 8, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Sometimes you have to just admit that you made a mistake and then move on. Time to get rid of this guy. Young knucklehead with lots of talent and lots of money. Nobody can tell him zhit right now.

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