When Chris Paul was being shopped around, one of the concerns was about how his knee would hold up. Teams had some concern about giving up perhaps their best players in exchange for a mega-star point guard that may end up being damaged goods.
And that makes this news about Eric Gordon at least a little ironic.
The New Orleans Hornets announced Friday morning that shooting guard Eric Gordon, who missed four games with a bruised right knee before returning in Wednesday night’s loss to the Philadlephia 76ers, experienced swelling in the joint afterward and will be sidelined for two to three weeks.
Gordon told reporters Wednesday morning that he’d had some soreness in the knee prior to the season opening win at Phoenix, a game in which he made the winnning shot with 4.2 seconds to go. Gordon says he remembers bumping knees with Suns’ forward Grant Hill sometime in the third quarter, exacerbating the problem. The knee swelled on the team’s flight home following the Phoenix game.
This just falls in line with what’s happened with the Hornets over the past four games. They just can’t win.
The trade to the Clippers only happened because L.A. finally included Gordon in the deal. Having him sit now is an added kick to the nether-regions for the Hornets and their fans. Gordon’s no CP3, but he’s pretty good and he can carry the team. The fans could really use a few wins to ease the sting of what went down last month.