Rapid Reaction – Eric Gordon Undergoes Arthroscopic Ankle Procedure

Published: May 10, 2013

In news that came as a surprise to most of the basketball world this morning, the Pelicans announced that Eric Gordon underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure on his left ankle.

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that guard Eric Gordon underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure yesterday in his left ankle to alleviate pain caused by particles of scar tissue. The procedure was performed by Dr. Richard Ferkel of the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, CA.

Gordon is currently recovering from the procedure and will begin rehabilitation immediately while returning to basketball activities later in the summer.

What follows are very brief reactions and opinions from Jason and I.


Mason Ginsberg: I’m still not sure how to feel about this. On one hand, this injury helps to explain Gordon’s lackluster 2012-13 season. On the other hand, add this procedure to the list of Eric Gordon maladies. It’s certainly nice to see the team’s most expensive player toughing out games despite the ankle pain, and hopefully him being allowed to play means doing so wouldn’t make the injury worse. It will be interesting to see how, if the team looks to move him this summer, other teams react to the injury. Do they respect Gordon’s drive to play even with this lingering issue? Or does it scare teams away even more as a result of his prior injury history? Only time will tell.


Jason Calmes: While Eric Gordon has taken inordinately long to recover from arthroscopic surgery on his knee, I am, perhaps incorrectly, not too worried about this injury to his left ankle. We had some information about this earlier, as tweeted out by his family, yet he continued to play and to play well. He even upped his output level (slightly) we he played in his first back-to-back in over a year near the season’s end. Plus, he has not injured either ankle in his professional career, so this should not aggravated some linger condition or residual damage, though the team did say that it was to remove scar tissue, so something may be smoldering. It does raise more questions about his overall durability.

Overall, this seems to be handled much better than the last . . . matter . . . and it seems less serious. Time will, of course, tell.


  1. ClubLevelPete

    May 10, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    LOL at Eric’s extremely ROUND head in that caricature. He’s like a perfect combination of Brutus Buckeye (round head with beard) and Eeyore (“thanks fer noticin’ me”).

  2. ClubLevelPete

    May 10, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    As for EG10’s future, I really do hate to sell low. I don’t think his stock can get much lower than it presently is. I’m hoping the Hornets pull a move for a legitimate, veteran point guard who can get some inspired play out of EG10 so that we would have more attractive options at the trade deadline next season. I understand wanting to shed his salary, but injuries sometimes DO turn around. Look at Tyson Chandler, who was the 2nd best player on the Mavericks’ championship team and then helped turn the Knicks into the 2nd best record in the East. Most Hornets observers said he’d never play well again, and how foolish does OKC look for turning down that trade? They’d have won a title – maybe 2 by now. Instead they’re saddled with Perkins.

    • da ThRONe

      May 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      His value can get lower if we find ourselves in a trade or lose him for nothing scenario we may be facing next year. I say trade him now while the other team has him under contract for 2 years. Why would a team give away asset for a potential one and done year? Two at least gives that team some cushion to convince Gordon to stay even if it’s not one of Eric’s target destinations.

  3. saZam

    May 10, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    …. I thought it was his knees that he had problems with. sigh…
    I think the Pelicans won’t be able to unload EG for good enough value and will hold onto him through this offseason at least.

  4. 504ever

    May 10, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    This seems to go primarily to the risk side of the risk/reward equation. So I see the Pelicans moving Gordon this off season as even less likely. How much will this help or hurt the reward side? Time will tell, but I expect the Pelicans PR team to spin it as positive as time goes on.

  5. notyocheese

    May 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    If a injured Gordon can get you 16 a game an fully healthy Gordon probably could average 20+ if u look at a few of the last games u can see where his ankles gave him trouble that resulted n turnovers n unaggressive playing style this season

  6. usufruct

    May 10, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    For all the little deals Dell has done well, this, his biggest, has gone very poorly. Tough to stomach, as all the signs said, “don’t bring this guy back.”

    • NOH Domination

      May 11, 2013 at 10:59 am

      Who else would we have with the money he’s making? Maybe sign Al Jefferson or attempt and all out run at Bynum (who just missed an entire season) or maybe Brandon Jennings or Monta Ellis. Obviously it’s not ideal, but given the options Eric Gordon isn’t a terrible one.. Just think if CP would’ve been receptive to going to the Warriors and we had gotten Curry instead.. We’d be down AFA, Kaman, and Gordon and at that point Curry had an injury history equal to that of Gordons, but man would a trio of him, Davis, and Ryno be fun

  7. LaNative

    May 10, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Anytime Pelican fans hear EG’s name in the same sentence with injury, surgery,rehab, etc., it sends us into immediate paranoia. The dude is injury prone and making a boatload of money. Prior to his injuries he was a great talent and we’re hoping that he gets back to that form and/or better. That will numb our dislike for how he conducted himself previously. If he works hard at rehabilitation and comes into the season fit (physically and mentally), it will help Pelican fans to move forward. Whether or not his trade value has diminished, only time can tell. The Suns fired their GM and I don’t think the new guy is willing to tie sandbags around the franchise with EG – heck that have Beasley to contend with. I agree, the announcement of this procedure was handled much better. Although we’re anxious, we have to wait and see what comes of this.

    • xman20002000

      May 11, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      Pelican fans watched the Saints for 42 years without a Super Bowl… Get over it….

  8. xman20002000

    May 11, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    New Orleans fans are so negative I wonder why you watch the Pelicans and what team are you watching…. You not only want to dump EG but also Demps and Williams… Do any of you know how many interceptions Drew Brees threw this year… We not only had a poor defensive performance but also pressing at the QB position… Adding insult to injury the QB contract influenced characters like Flacco and Romo to get super deals…

    So let’s not talk about money but everyone is blasting this player… What is this team without him… and if traded remember he is a big part of the Chris Paul trade… But saying you love another City that nets you an additional $4million… who are you to criticize…

    When healthy EG can play and he is closer to playing than Granger whose team is in the playoffs… Let’s see where we are slotted in the lottery and who we pick up in FA and the lottery… Last season is over…

    • notyocheese

      May 11, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      True for 4 mill ill say I hate playing for us too also people for get Gordon said he would had signed a smaller offer during the season but no dropped the ball on signing him before free agency plus not one player that people wanted n a sign n trade for Gordon n phx looked good at all I rather an poor mans d rose over any combination of healthy player on the suns roster but that’s just me he played thru an injury all season after complaining about it all season long we can at least give him one more season to prove himself n maybe a pick up at back up sg would help ease him back into his game I like the possibility of picking up nate brewer or Reddick to help him out until hes back n rhythm

    • da ThRONe

      May 11, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      Yeah BUT, he’s never healthy.

      He has done nothing as a Hornet. If people still have faith that Gordon can be a quality piece for the future fine. At the same time don’t be hypocritical criticizing fans who don’t want to gamble the teams future on this guy.

      • xman20002000

        May 12, 2013 at 3:07 pm

        So you can dish it out on an injury issue but can be criticized… This is an open discussion…

  9. xman20002000

    May 11, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Look we know what we have in Gordon… Now we need other players to move up to the next level… Absent Gordon we had a serious problem with turnovers… our guards held the ball to long.. Coach now knows what he has to work with and they know each other a little better… But our guard play needs to improve and what about our play in the post… who takes the last shot on this team… Right now my money is on EG…

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  11. BigBLDavis

    May 20, 2013 at 6:39 am

    I can appreciate your Saints’ references because I’m a diehard Saints fan myself, BUT would you be so kind as to tone it down a little bit.  The contrast between NBA and NFL is so deep that you almost sound like an emotional fan when bringing up Saints, and your points are lost.  No disrespect intended….Oh and I dig some of your comments on Saint’s blogs BTW.

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