NEW ORLEANS — Embattled and injured Hornets franchise guard Eric Gordon told Yahoo! Sports that an independent doctor in Chicago said he’ll miss 4-6 weeks as his right knee recovers from an injury.
Marcus Spears’ report says Gordon was told he wouldn’t need another procedure on his knee, which was surgically repaired this past spring as he missed 57 games in the strike-shortened season.
Friday night, Hornets coach Monty Williams said he had heard the reports but was unsure of how true it was.
“We’re still processing information,” Williams said. “We haven’t talked to any doctors. We certainly haven’t talked to our doctors on a day when we’re getting ready for a game.”
Two days earlier, Williams all but said he wouldn’t answer any more questions about Gordon after he notified reporters that the guard would be out indefinitely.
But Friday night as the Hornets were set to play Utah, Williams was once again dishing out as much information as he felt like he could on Gordon’s situation.
“I don’t mind the questions,” Williams said. “I get it. But if I don’t have the information, it’s hard for me to give you guys anything and that’s part of my job. I’m the one that has to stand up every day and say I know, I don’t know. I wish I had more but I don’t.
“Yes, I’d love for this to be over and for Eric to be healthy and playing. But that’s not what we have right now.”
With Gordon out, the Hornets are missing a player who averages 18.2 points per game. Williams said the team is unlikely, at least at this point, to go out searching for another scoring guard.
“We’ve had situations here since I’ve been here,” Williams said. “Guys wanting to leave to injuries to whatever. Guys gotta play. Everybody is overpaid. So you’ve got to go out there and do your job and if you have an opportunity, you do your job, show and prove it.”