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Eric Gordon says doctor told him 4-6 to return, no surgery

Eric Gordon

New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon (10) poses for his portrait during their NBA basketball media day at their practice facility in Westwego, La., Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


Eric Gordon wanted another opinion on his knee injury, and that doctor says to wait longer.

But that no surgery is needed, contrary to an earlier report.

When there are conflicting reports out there the best strategy is to go with the best source. In the case of Gordon’s knee, Marc Spears of Yahoo spoke to Gordon himself and was told that it’s going to be at least another month.

Hornets guard Eric Gordon tells Yahoo! Sports that a doctor in Chicago told him today he can return from his knee injury in 4-to-6 weeks.

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) November 2, 2012

Eric Gordon also told Yahoo! Sports he needs no further surgery and will to rehab and strengthening prior to return from knee injury.

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) November 2, 2012

Not good, but certainly better than a report of discussions of microfracture surgery, something put out by Chris Broussard and Marc Stein of ESPN. That story says that the idea of microfracture surgery — which would end any hopes of Gordon playing this season — was put before Gordon before but he has always rejected it. That story is based on “sources with knowledge of the situation.”

Microfracture means that something structural is wrong, and both Gordon and the Hornets have said there are no structural issues in the knee.

Gordon got a max extension this past summer in the form of an offer sheet from Phoenix that New Orleans decided to match, even though Gordon asked them not to saying his heart was in Phoenix. Now he is not taking the court — and will not be for a month — and the fans in New Orleans are turning on him. Understandabl. They are frustrated.

When healthy is as good an up-and-coming two guard as there is in the game, a great complement to Anthony Davis. He is worth waiting for, and thinking long term they need to get this right.

But when he comes back, Gordon has a lot of work to do to win the New Orleans