Eric Gordon

Eric Gordon says doctor told him 4-6 to return, no surgery


Eric Gordon wanted another opinion on his knee injury, and that doctor says to wait longer.

But that no surgery is needed, contrary to an earlier report.

When there are conflicting reports out there the best strategy is to go with the best source. In the case of Gordon’s knee, Marc Spears of Yahoo spoke to Gordon himself and was told that it’s going to be at least another month.


Not good, but certainly better than a report of discussions of microfracture surgery, something put out by Chris Broussard and Marc Stein of ESPN. That story says that the idea of microfracture surgery — which would end any hopes of Gordon playing this season — was put before Gordon before but he has always rejected it. That story is based on “sources with knowledge of the situation.”

Microfracture means that something structural is wrong, and both Gordon and the Hornets have said there are no structural issues in the knee.

Gordon got a max extension this past summer in the form of an offer sheet from Phoenix that New Orleans decided to match, even though Gordon asked them not to saying his heart was in Phoenix. Now he is not taking the court — and will not be for a month — and the fans in New Orleans are turning on him. Understandabl. They are frustrated.

When healthy is as good an up-and-coming two guard as there is in the game, a great complement to Anthony Davis. He is worth waiting for, and thinking long term they need to get this right.

But when he comes back, Gordon has a lot of work to do to win the New Orleans

Stan Van Gundy rips ‘selfish’ Pistons

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The Pistons had just 19 assists – to 22 turnovers – in their 93-83 loss to the Nets last night.

Stan Van Gundy was none too pleased.

On offensive problems:

I told them in there – that was the first thing – we’re not playing together at all. I thought it was a very selfish performance, and guys wouldn’t just pass the ball to open men. They wanted to see if they could take one more dribble to get their own shot, so the passing angles were gone. I just thought we forced play after play after play. We’re not willing to move the ball

On Reggie Jackson, who scored seven points on 3-of-10 shooting with six assists and six turnovers, and was coming off Achilles soreness:

He was not good at all. He was forcing everything.

On injuries to point guards – Jackson, Brandon Jennings and Steve Blake – hindering the team’s flow in practice and that carrying over to the game:

We could probably make a lot of excuses for our guys, but we were selfish.

Van Gundy is clearly trying to send a message, and the preseason is the best time to do it.

But it’s somewhat troubling he had to do it after this game.

Eight of the 10 Pistons who played against Brooklyn project to make the regular-season rotation. Joel Anthony played over Aron Baynes, and once healthy, Blake could challenge Spencer Dinwiddie to become back up point guard – at least until Jennings is ready. Otherwise, Detroit – with Jackson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Marcus Morris, Ersan Ilyasova, Andre Drummond, Jodie Meeks, Stanley Johnson and Anthony Tolliver – looked similar to its opening-night lineup.

Van Gundy is blunt, but he doesn’t tell the media things he hasn’t already directly told his players. They appreciate that.

He’d appreciate them getting this message.

Report: Dwight Howard didn’t have offseason surgery

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Dwight Howard said he played with a torn MCL and meniscus in the Western Conference finals – pretty shocking news that few knew what to make of.

So, um, did he have offseason surgery?

Calvin Watkins of ESPN:

Howard obviously feels great about his health now, so maybe this was the right course.

We’ll never how Howard would have performed if fully healthy, but he averaged 14.4 points and 14.4 rebounds in 35.1 minutes per game against the Warriors during the conference finals. How bad could the injuries have been?