Eric Gordon Gives Impromptu Statement About His Injury & Fans’ Irritation
New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon is out indefinitely with a right knee injury. The constant knee issue has kept Gordon from playing in 59 of a possible 67 games during his Hornets tenure.
Before the start of practice this morning, Gordon addressed the situation with the following extemporaneous speech to the press.
“First off I just want to say it’s an honor and privilege to be part of this organization as a players. I know things haven’t been going as well as far as being injured since I’ve been here. I have had a reoccurring knee injury since I’ve been here and it’s just tough as a player to go through these things. You’re looking for the best for yourself and to even look forward to see what’s best for the team.
“I look forward as a player to helping this franchise and I always look forward to the best to help this team win. And it has been frustrating. Very frustrating as a player not to do your job every day. I only played nine games last year and I haven’t played a game this year. I haven’t played any preseason games. So it’s been very frustrating watching the guys play and me not being a part of it.
“I know from the fan’s perspective, it’s frustrating for them. But for a player, it’s most frustrating for me and this organization. I wanted to put it out there. I know it’s tough. But it’s almost all on me. This is an injury I’m battling with. It’s just a tough time right now for me, and I’m just going through it.
“This is a great city and a great organization and I definitely want to be a part of it. But being a part of it, for me, is about playing. What’s (keeping) me from playing is having this injury. I’ll just go on from there.”