New Orleans Hornets fans have had a beef with Eric Gordon ever since he hinted to the team that he didn't want them to re-sign him, and it got even worse when it was announced that Gordon was going to be out for a good hunk of the first few months of the season.
Sports fans can get weird when things like this go down. Gordon's been hurt and started out the season unhappy, so obviously being angry at Gordon for being hurt is a legitimate response.
Gordon has played all of nine games with the Hornets since being traded from the Los Angeles Clippers in the deal that sent Chris Paul to Hollywood, which is obviously a frustrating situation for the fans of the Hornets.
They want to see what Gordon is worth. They want to find out what they got in return for Paul besides becoming the team that was bad enough to be able to draft (and sign) Anthony Davis.
As the season has gone along, the Hornets have been more down than up thanks to a few different factors, including team chemistry, extreme youth, lack of talent and injuries to both Gordon and Davis.
With Gordon, this team wouldn't be good enough to make the fans feel satisfied about the season, but they would at least know what they've gotten in return for Paul.
In the wake of Gordon's injury, however, the notion has come out that he was faking the severity of the damage, possibly trying to angle for a trade.
The whole thing was exacerbated by Monty Williams' comments that ended up with him talking himself into an awkward situation:
He probably does feel pain; that would be the only reason why a guy can't play. For me to try to read an MRI ... I'll find out more as we go forward. I try to not get into all that because that would just make me upset."
I've checked with Doc, but for him to explain to me what's going on with his body and then have Eric feel a certain way doesn't matter. You know what I'm saying? If Doc says one thing and the guy is feeling another, then you have to . . . what am I supposed to say?
I'm sure it's got to be medical. A guy just can't not play. It's got to be medical. At this point of the year, everybody is excited to play. I'm sure it's medical.
Williams' comments amounted to, "I'm not going to say anything, but I'm going to hint at it" instead.
Through all this, Gordon has yet to play. With his return still undetermined, but seemingly "soonish," New Orleans is getting prepared.
With the return of Gordon, Williams actually had to urge fans to take it easy on him, which is quite ridiculous.
From the start, this entire situation has been mishandled by the guys who don't play basketball. This all started with Gordon being upset with the lack of contact with him on the part of the Hornets front office and has run through to Williams' awkward comments.
If anything, it seems as if the fans should be fine with giving Gordon some time to heal, so long as he comes back fully healthy.
Instead, it seems as if there's a hostility toward Gordon that is unwarranted.
Regardless of the fact that he's been a bit of a sourpuss in his days with the Hornets, fans need to accept the fact that Gordon can be a great basketball player and really help their team. After all, it's a lot easier to play with a crowd cheering you on as opposed to seeing sneers and hearing jeers.