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Aaron Gordon Injury: Updates on Magic Forward's Foot and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2014

Oct 24, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half at Amway Center. Dallas Mavericks defeated the Orlando Magic 117-92. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Orlando Magic rookie Aaron Gordon will make his return on Sunday vs. Oklahoma City after dealing with a foot injury that has plagued him since mid-November.ย 

Continue for updates.


Gordon Active vs. Oklahoma City

Sunday, Jan. 18

The Orlando Magic confirmed that Aaron Gordon is active for tonight's game vs. Oklahoma City:

Orlando Magic @OrlandoMagic

Magic have activated @IamAaronGordon & placed @nicholaf44 on inactive list. @Tobias31 is out tonight vs @OKCThunder. http://t.co/6PHaG8dbCM

Gordon was originally listed as questionable, via NBA.com.


Gordon Inactive vs. Grizzlies

Friday, Jan. 16

John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com has the latest on Gordon:

John Denton @JohnDenton555

.@OrlandoMagic have made decision to keep @IamAaronGordon INACTIVE to give him more practice time in 5-on-5 settings.

Denton originally reported that Gordon would be available for Friday's game.


Gordon Discusses Recovery

Monday, Jan. 12

Bruce Pascoe of Tucson.com provided a statement from Gordon discussing rehab drills in his attempt to stay in shape:

'The first couple weeks were a struggle,' Gordon said. 'I had to find something to do besides basketball. I wasnโ€™t traveling. I was in crutches and a splint. It was not fun. Getting from point A to point B, not being able to put weight on my foot was a struggle, and it was frustrating to watch my team play.'

Gordon did what he could. He worked out his upper body in the gym without moving his legs. Then he sat in a chair, for hours, shooting close-in jump shots, with mind-numbing repetition.

There was nothing else he could do.

'It was mostly shots off the wall,' Gordon said. 'You donโ€™t have the luxury of a rebounder when the team is away, so you set up a chair and just shoot against the wall. Work on rotation, and work on your mechanics. I did that over, and over, and over.'


Gordon Remains Out, May Return Soon

Friday, Jan. 9

Mike Trudell of Lakers.com provides an update on Gordon's status and shows the rookie warming up prior to the team's game against the Lakers:

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

Magic rookie Aaron Gordon has missed most of the season and won't play tonight, but he looks like he isn't ... https://t.co/kRfuoeVsQB


Gordon Returns to Team

Saturday, Dec. 27

John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reported that Gordon returned to the team on Saturday:

John Denton @JohnDenton555

.@OrlandoMagic F @IamAaronGordon is back w/ team & on 1st trip since Nov. 21 surgery (in Charlotte coincidentally). Doing non-impact stuff.

The power forward has been out since a Nov. 15 loss to the Washington Wizards and had surgery on his left foot six days later after fracturing the fifth metatarsal in the foot.

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reported a few days ago that Gordon was walking without a boot, which was a sign of progress:

Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins

Aaron Gordon is no longer in a walking boot -- a sign that he's making progress w/his surgically repaired 5th metatarsal.

The fourth overall pick in the NBA draft, Gordon has appeared in 11 games this season, averaging 5.8 points and three rebounds in 15 minutes a night.

Although few expected Orlando to be a playoff contender even in the weak Eastern Conference, the Magic are not out of playoff contention. Once Gordon returns, they might become a legitimate contender for the top eight.

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