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.
Rapid Reaction – Eric Gordon Undergoes Arthroscopic Ankle Procedure
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.
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."
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
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.
.... 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.
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.
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").