There’s no doubt New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon is among the most talented in the league. The only thing keeping him from obtaining that status permanently is his inability to stay healthy, something that has haunted the former Indiana Hoosier.
Through Gordon’s first five seasons in the NBA, the young talent has only played in more than 62 games once – his rookie year with the Los Angeles Clippers where he played in 78.
In two seasons with the Pelicans, Gordon has only seen the floor for 51 games, something he’s hoping to change this year with improved conditioning and strength training.
So far, so good as Gordon recently told the Times Picayune he’s been able to do ‘everything’ in camp:
“I’m able to do everything,” said Gordon. “I’ve been able to dunk. I’ve been able to move. I’ve done all that. Now it’s just all about doing all the contact stuff.
“Last year was way different because I didn’t do anything (in training camp). Last year I didn’t know when, or anything about when I’d come back. Now, I know I was fine going into training camp. This was due to being precautionary and the organization is doing the right thing.”
There’s little worse (at least from a professional sports angle) than watching a talented player fade away due to injury, so hopefully that’s all in the past for Gordon.