Monty Williams, Eric Gordon Feuding?
Eric Gordon has not quite worked out the way the New Orleans Hornets had hoped since he was acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers for Chris Paul. He has been injured on and off for the entirety of his stay in New Orleans, preventing him from really finding much of a rhythm. Gordon also seemed willing to leave as a restricted free agent this past offseason, when the Hornets matched an offer sheet from the Phoenix Suns to keep him in town.
Well, it’s looking like Eric Gordon might be falling out-of-place with the Hornets following an altercation with head coach Monty Williams on Friday night. Via Yahoo:
Five things are certain in the Big Easy: death, taxes, good food, good music, and New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams having the respect of his players. However, after a verbal altercation between Williams and Eric Gordon broke out in the Hornets loss to the Utah Jazz on April 5, people in New Orleans may want to get a good meal and take in a concert this weekend because they may live forever without having to pay taxes.
Early in the third quarter, Williams called a timeout after the Hornets gave up an easy offensive rebound and basket to the Jazz. Although the Fox Sports New Orleans broadcast did not show the altercation, you can see Gordon arguing with someone as he goes to the bench. As any Hornets fan can attest, there is no rhyme nor reason behind Williams’ playing decisions this season, so most didn’t think anything was amiss as Gordon stayed on the bench.
However, as Hornets fans started tweeting wondering if anything was wrong with Gordon, a clearer picture began to emerge. Michael McNamara of Hornets247 attended the game and tweeted the following: “He (Monty Williams) said something to Gordon as he came off. Gordon said something snarky back. Monty blew up.”
Despite the altercation taking place right in front of them, the Hornets broadcast team of Joel Meyers and David Wesley avoided the controversy and never mentioned it. However, after the game, Sean Kelley asked Monty Williams why Gordon stayed on the bench and Williams replied, “He (Eric Gordon) wasn’t hurt. He needed to show more effort getting off screens.”
After starting the game at shooting guard, Eric Gordon only played 19 minutes.
You have to start wondering if the Hornets are regretting signing him to that $58 million contract. They have nice pieces at other positions, and you have to believe they would love to have extra cap space moving forward.
If the team is looking to deal him at some point, benching him certainly won’t help his trade value.
–Mark Evans, Assistant Manager/Editor of Content
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