New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon has only played 2 games this season due to a bruised right knee. Hornets coach Monty Williams noted that Gordon is having more tests done to the knee. Is Gordon's injury worse than originally expected?

On January 6th, it was announced that Gordon would need to rest his knee for 2 to 3 weeks. This Friday would be the end of the 3 week period.

When asked why Gordon would need further testing, Williams told the Times-Picayune,""I think he's getting more testing because he is a young player and such an important part of our future that we don't want to gamble on something with him and come up wrong later."

Really? That's coach speak ladies and gentlemen.

Perhaps Gordon will be in the lineup this Friday when the Hornets host the Orlando Magic. Or perhaps he won't. The reality is the longer the Hornets dance around questions about Gordon's health, the more it lends credence to the belief that his injury might be more than a "bone bruise."

There is a small portion of the Hornets  fan base that believe Gordon is "faking" his injury because he wants to be traded. This belief is simply preposterous.

Gordon needs to sign a contract extension with the Hornets by Wedneday to avoid becoming a restricted free agent next offseason. Under the new CBA, Gordon stands to lose some money if he doesn't sign a long-term extension with New Orleans in the next 2 days. With all the health questions surrouding him, his chances of signing an extension by Wednesday night become slim. His market value goes down as well.

It is of my humble opinion that anyone who believes Gordon is "faking" his injury is simply ignorant to the situation.