New Orleans Hornets: Eric Gordon Cleared For Full Contact Practice

October 24, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon (10) before a preseason game against the Houston Rockets at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Gordon is getting closer to his season debut, as he has now been cleared for full contact. According to NOLA.com, the team will proceed with caution, but will look to integrate Gordon into team practice sometime this week.

The New Orleans Hornets decided to match the offer sheet that Eric Gordon signed with the Phoenix Suns in the offseason, retaining their extremely talented shooting guard.

Gordon has been injury-plagued ever since he was traded to the Hornets last season, but averaged 20.6 points per game in his small 9 game sample size.

When Tom Benson purchased the Hornets, he, in the heat of the moment, vowed to turn the New Orleans basketball franchise around and bring home the championship.

It was quite an optimistic proclamation, but things instantly took a turn for the better, as the Hornets won the draft lottery and were rewarded with Anthony Davis.

Davis and Gordon were supposed to carry the Hornets forward and some even thought that the team might flirt with playoff contention this season. However, due to Gordon’s sore knee and Davis’ ankle problems, the Hornets find themselves at the bottom of the deck in the Western conference, with a 5-22 record.

There is still no clear timetable on when Gordon will return to playing in an NBA game, but the Hornets certainly hope to have their explosive scorer back and healthy sooner rather than later.

 

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Topics: Eric Gordon, New Orleans Hornets

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