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Is Eric Gordon healthy, fully invested with Pelicans? He told his coach he’s healthy at least.

Jul 17, 2013, 10:14 PM EDT

New Orleans Hornets' Gordon reacts after a call by officials while his team took on the Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in New Orleans Reuters

Eric Gordon’s last couple seasons in New Orleans haven’t been pretty. Injuries leading to not playing, the request to leave town and body language to suggest he was not happy that he had to stay.

But has he turned a corner now that the Pelicans have Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans to go with Anthony Davis? Now that they are an interesting young team?

Well, it’s a good sign that he came out from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to watch the Pelicans Summer League team on Wednesday (New Orleans lost to Denver and was eliminated from the new tournament). Then there is this note from Michael Gallagher of NBC’s own Rotoworld.

Remember Gordon had ankle surgery back in May.

Holiday at the one, Anthony cutting baseline and finding gaps in the defense, Evans slashing to the rim… Gordon in that mix makes the Hornets a team to watch.

There are a lot of questions about the Hornets and we’re not going to be able to answer them until we start seeing games that matter. Among those questions is how invested is Gordon? And is he healthy?

The early signs are good on both counts.

  1. youthainow - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Still writing hornets.

    • rushbacker - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      Hey, that’s a good day for Kurt– at least he didn’t call them the Bobcats.

  2. cakemixa - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Psst… they aren’t the Hornets anymore…

  3. money2long - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    i wish there was a world where athletes didn’t suffer from injuries. but then that wouldn’t open up opportunities for others and discover other talent. so i guess we need injuries, in a weird way.

    • gaysgo2hell - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      He is healthy to play 25 games next season..

  4. Sports King of this world - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Pelicans? I’m still getting acclimated to that name. Just weird for and team mascot. But anyway EG could be a season changer for them but the injuries scare me

  5. rickyspanish - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Why does every writer/blogger need to be so snide? It seems commonplace for them to be pessimistic.

    • smoothaswilkes - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      quote please. i fail to see the snide comment or the pessimism.

      “The early signs are good on both counts.” – neither snide nor pessimistic.

      “Now that they are an interesting young team?” – maybe snide but EG has limped and moped his way through NO for the last couple years with a horrible attitude. so i say warranted comment.

      lighten up, dude.

    • whereyaat - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      Because Eric Gordon has failed the two teams he played for. Injuries, poor attitude, despite both teams basically giving him the chance to run the show. Hell, he coulda shot 70 shots a game and people would’ve been like, “Well, he is the best player in that uniform tonight.” Nope. Not enough for him.

      We talk trash about Monta Ellis, and rightfully so, but at least he’s got a professional attitude. Gordon doesn’t.

  6. thekingdave - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    @rickyspanish

    Because Kurt Helin is an expert at his craft and we are his minions. Being flippant is what he does best. Two great calls on Kurt’s part- Jeremy Lin staying in NY and D12 staying in LA. We were basically called stupid for suggesting otherwise. I wish I had access to the inside scoop.

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:17 PM

      I was wrong on those calls. But I did talk to Dwight’s people during the season and was told that the first half, as were many others. I get paid to express my opinions, not all of which are correct. But you come here to read them, so I’m not going to live with that trade.

  7. rickyspanish - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    The title was snide in itself, dude.

    • emosnar - Jul 18, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      I agree rickyspinard. these writer are a bunch of smart asses wanna be comedians. Just give the facts dame you sarcastic quips. If its not on this article its one all the others.

      Examples: “Marcus Camby doesn’t want to play for the Raptors . . . Go figure.”

      “Wolves waive Brandon Roy . . wouldn’t you? My 8 year old daughter could’ve made that call.”

  8. 00maltliquor - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    How could EG be down on the future of this team now? If I were him, I’d be excited for the way things are going.

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