Ben Gordon of No Use to Contender After Incident with Bobcats Coach Mike Dunlap

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Ben Gordon of No Use to Contender After Incident with Bobcats Coach Mike Dunlap
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Ben Gordon was once one of the most highly coveted guards in basketball.

After his latest outburst at a Charlotte Bobcats practice, it would be foolish for any of the other 29 teams to want him at all.

As reported by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the head coach and shooting guard had it out at Thursday morning's shootaround. After Mike Dunlap asked Gordon to stop bouncing the ball so he could address the team, Gordon refused, and the situation escalated to the a point where general manager Rod Higgins had to intervene.

If the situation is true, it should ultimately scare off any potential suitors for the 29-year-old and hopefully send a jolt through his demeanor in the coming days.

Chris Broussard reported earlier in February that the Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte had been discussing a deal that would involve sending Kris Humphries back to the Bobcats, but the talks have cooled in recent days after Brooklyn was unsure of how big of an impact Gordon would really make (per Wojnarowski's report).

Let's face it—it's not easy to be a Bobcat right now.

The team is sitting at 12-40 and looks headed toward its second consecutive season of having the best odds at the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft. This is Gordon's first year with the team after being traded by the Detroit Pistons for Corey Maggette, and his numbers are largely down across the board.

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However, that's no excuse for blatant disrespect toward one's coach.

It makes Gordon of no use to the Bobcats for the rest of the season and should be the biggest red flag waving over any player currently on the trading block prior to the Feb. 21 deadline.

There was once a time when Gordon was one of the best young guards in basketball.

After starring at Connecticut under Jim Calhoun, Gordon was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the third pick in the 2004 draft, Gordon was supposed to be one of the final pieces on a roster that included blue-chip prospects Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry.

That didn't pan out, but Gordon still established himself as one of the league's best scoring threats. He averaged at least 19.6 points in each of his five seasons in Chicago and made a lot of money after going head-to-head against Ray Allen in the 2009 NBA playoffs.

That series rings true as one of the best in NBA history, in large part because Gordon willed the Bulls.

Detroit gave him a monster contract that is still being paid out by the Bobcats, but after Thursday's outburst, it's clear that Gordon has some personal demons to squash before he's ready to be a key piece on a championship-contending team.

Heck, he's not even ready to help his own team.

 

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