Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 at 10:00 am  |  54 responses

Eric Gordon: ‘They’re Letting the Game Get too Physical’

After getting banged up on the court tonight, Gordon spoke with the L.A. Times: “Mild-mannered Eric Gordon, battered and bruised, was upset with the lack of calls afer sustaining two more injuries on Saturday night. ‘They’re letting the game get too phyiscal,’ he said. ‘They’re not calling fouls. The game is getting a little bit too physical. And that’s why things happen how they are.’ Gordon went down hard on his back and wrist in the third quarter of the Clippers’ 113-109 victory over the Warriors on Saturday night at Staples Center after he was fouled on a play. He had a lower-back contusion but was more concerned about his sore wrist… The third-year guard, who finished with 23 points Saturday, suffered a torn tendon in his right ring finger on Wednesday. ‘Man I don’t know what to do at this point,’ said Gordon. ‘Torn ligament, torn tendon. All this other stuff. It’s hard to deal with.’”

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  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Man up.

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    STFU Phil, while you sit there on your overweight behind struggling day to day with the life you lead, EG is allowed to complain at what I agree is a physical league.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    You think I struggle with day to day life?
    I’ll let you tell it. You sound like you’re struggling with your emotions right now.

  • add

    its not physical enough

  • http://www.nba.com/heat/ The Angel of Stern

    co-sign add

  • http://www.nba.com/heat/ The Angel of Stern

    co-sign add

  • Reeses

    Philosopher is BBR frm BAW

  • HooperJones

    Somebody Tell this Guy to watch Film from the 80′a & early 90′s thats physical. I like E.G. but He sounding like a female right Now!!!

  • greg

    maybe if he wast playing as a 6’2 or 6’3 shooting guard it wouldnt be so physical. and i think way he attacks is really bad for preserving ur body i never see him take short pullups or floaters.

  • http://zenguu Max

    Imagine him in the 80′s

  • http://zenguu Max

    Imagine him in the 80′s

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Add just won the thread

  • dimon

    if anything, the league is too soft

  • Ctp

    Boohoo Eric. Game isn’t physical enough anymore. He would have loved playing the 80s Pistons, or the 90s Jazz. The
    Mailman would have delivered an elbow to his facial area.

  • MikeC.

    @Ctp – or Rodman would have shoved him into the basket support and opened his head up like Rod did to Pip in the playoffs. That’s overly physical.

  • ripslam

    He’s an undersized shooting guard. That’s how it works.

  • Fat Lever

    I think I just heard Oak’s verbal b!tch slapping of Gordon all the way from Philly.

  • vtrobot

    2nd what Philo said. When you get accustomed to watching today’s NBA, it’s actually surprising how physical is when you watch old 80′s/90′s footage. EG, if the clock was turned back, you probably would have been fouled again as you were falling onto your back.

  • http://klatschendom.wordpress.com/ speedy

    Only hard guys in here. But hey it is easy to sound hard if you write a comment.
    I don’t want that something like the Tomjanovich hit or Pip’s face remodelling will ever happen again.
    There are a lot of different kinds of a foul.
    I don’t have problem with handchecking or working hard in the post, but if somebody brings somebody of balance while in the air then this is a foul and must be called.
    That is how it was back in the 80′s and 90′s and that’s how it should be today.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    You play that hard, you attack the rim that hard as an undersized guard and without the body to absorb those hits, then you will get hurt. It’s the price you have to pay to play that way. There’s rarely nothing dirty about the way they play EG. Now Griff who gets a lot of dirty hits can complain but not EG. And if they are calling fouls on those plays then what else is there complain about.

  • greg

    maybe he thinks because hes top 10 in scorting he should get calls like kevin durant. seems fair to me

  • heals

    He’s right and wrong, the problem is consistency across the board. From unnecessary flagrant to obvious no-calls, the stripes have issues keeping it the same on a night-to-night basis.

  • Justin

    It’s true that today’s player is used to it being a creampuff league and therefore any “hard” fouls would upset them. Nick Tha Quick is right, and you didn’t see Allen Iverson complain when he would get knocked to the floor all the time. He picked himself up and next time down the floor drove the lane just as hard if not harder. EG, suck it up princess

  • KwamePooh

    could some1 please give him a tissue…..


    “You can act like a man” as Don Corleone would say. Gordon soundin like Johnny Fontaine

  • http://www.slamonline.com Coney Islander

    Hard play in the NBA ended in the 90′s. You use to be able to do anything short of bringing knives onto the court-a rule they didn’t always follow, Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetroit Basketball!!!!

  • tavoris

    @Nick-Gordon doesnt’ have the body to absorb contact? Have u seen him play? This is CLEARLY a case of inconsistent officiating.

  • PlanetAsia14

    The 90′s was where it was at, I loved the physicality of the league. Hit ‘em hard, teach them not to bring that into the lane… The league is too soft nowadays, Gordon wouldn’t survive in the 90′s, let alone the 80′s…


    Where’s michael cage,oak,mase,otis thorpe and maurice lucas when u need them? To show gordon what REAL physical play is all about

  • hoodsnake

    Sh-t John Stockton would have given this guy fits

  • youngmuggsy

    He’s like 220 lbs, stop using the undersized thing as an excuse. He’s not getting knocked around because he’s 2 inches shorter than the man guarding him.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    Eric Gordon: if you would’ve played in the 90′s against the Oakley’s, the Rodman’s, etc., it would be far tougher.

  • Reeses

    I think Gordan’s problem is a combination of inconsistent officiating and his reckless attacking. He’s not a big player at 6’3″ 220, and he’s not going to get star calls. NBA officiating is unfair and all around awful sometimes. I do wish there was more hand checking, but calls have to be fair.

  • Michael

    man up

  • D12FSU

    EG needs to play in the post to find out what physicals basketball is

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    The players, on the whole, are bigger and stronger now than ever. I’m sure they could of competed in previous decades, as soon as they got used to the way things were called.

  • JTaylor21

    People act like there were 5 Laimbeers and Oakleys starting on every team in the 90s. Shut up about the 90s being tougher crap.

  • Towelie

    Yeah, alot of bullsh*t calls circa 2000.

  • daniel

    80s basketball gordon play like a men!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    As none of us have ever played in the NBA, we don’t have any idea what we’re talking about, and thus when it comes to topics that require an intimate knowledge of life as an NBA player, we should all probably shut the fck up.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    You’re right, Ryan… THE NBA IS WEAK TODAY!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    They call a lot more ticky-tack BS today, but Gordon probably has a point. He’s got injuries to back up his claim. Co-sign tavoris, it really IS the inconsistent officiating. How are you going to call a touch foul but players are getting knocked all over the place with no whistle? Players routinely get jabbed in the eye, with no call. But a “superstar” goes up for a lay-up and they call the And-1 foul reflexively…

  • http://jayemmbee23.tumblr.com Clutch Performer

    the 80s and 90s NBA called and said to shut the hell up

  • http://www.slamonline.com The Ambassador

    Man if he’d played in the 70′s…

  • T-Money

    in the 90s, you use to get a flagrant 1 for knifing somebody. in the 80s, that was just a personal foul. #truestoryaskaboutit

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    With 6 minutes remaining in the 3rd qtr of game 4 in the 58 finals, bob pettit actually stabed bill russell in the eye, cut his left ear, and removed his right kidney. There was not even a foul called on the play.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    po lil Teddy Grahams lol

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    yall got the Dub boy, be happy and stop complaining

  • http://www.5linx.net/teamsvp Jesse Dunns Ghost

    All of you reppin’ the 90′s and 90′s need to shut it! Almost all of you love Mike Jordan (may my spit be upon him), him and Phil Jackson were the ones who got the league to change to less physicality! So if you liked MJ and bought into the marketing prpaganda its your fault!
    Now with that said, EG need to shut up, here’s why. For all my hatred of MJ, he eventually beat the physical teams of that era fair and square, with mental toughness! He beat the Pistons, Knicks, and Jazz repeatedly, teams notorious to this for physical play! MAN UP YOUNG FELLA!

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Ryan, shall we wait for you beforehand to tell us what we are and are not qualified to comment on?
    Using your logic, there would be very little to comment on, so why not get rid of the comment section? I mean, that’s not part of the reason people come on here.

  • Joosh



    @jdunnsghost. Just out of curiosity,how exactly did mj and phil get the league 2 b less physical?

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    LMAO @ Tarzan

  • http://www.5linx.net/teamsvp Jesse Dunns Ghost

    @ hammer: check out some of phils quotes here: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=hruby/100518_phil_jackson_officiating&sportCat=nba

    Specifically this one about the 90′s Riley Knicks: “The rest of this series has to be hand-to-hand combat. They were shoving our dribblers with two hands. That’s against the rules. That’s football, not basketball. I just had to stand up for my guys. That’s all this was about … I think the league has to take a look at this kind of game. It’s impossible to officiate. You can call a foul on every play.”

    And he had similar things to say about the Bad Boy Pistons I recall from that time as well…soon thereafter the league toughened the rules.