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Thursday, December 15th, 2011 at 9:44 am  |  55 responses

Gordon Got Trade News on Bus with Clipper Fans, Teammates


While most of the country raves about Chris Paul landing in Los Angeles, at least one player is not so thrilled, especially considering the way he found out. Eric Gordon learned he’d been shipped to New Orleans in exchange for CP3 while participating in a Clippers team event with season ticket holders and teammates. According to a TrueHoop report: ”On Wednesday when Gordon found out he’d been dealt to the Hornets, he was on a bus with teammates Ryan Gomes, Eric Bledsoe and Willie Warren, Clippers assistant coaches Dean Demopolous and Howard Eisley, four season ticket holders and the Clippers Spirit dance team, Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com tweeted. After visiting patients and signing autographs at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, the group hopped back onto the bus and Gordon sat in the back with his teammates. A few minutes after leaving the hospital en route to a second stop in downtown Los Angeles, the mood quickly shifted. ”We found out about five minutes into the drive from the hospital to downtown,” Ricky Chu, a 20-year season ticket holder who was on the bus. “We saw on Twitter that the trade went through. Everyone was just looking at their phones and was, like, ‘Wow!’ Right when we looked up, he got a phone call and you could just tell that’s what it was about because you could see his face go really sad. There was no anger about it, but you could tell he was really bummed.” Gordon got off the phone just before the bus arrived at the second stop, an office building that’s home to a company that has season tickets to the Clippers. He had a quick, quiet conversation with his teammates in the back. Then the bus pulled into the second location, and everyone rose to get off…Clippers staffers asked the season-ticket holders not to mention the trade to Gordon, and they obliged. When the group reached the office on an upper floor, Gordon fulfilled his final duties as a Los Angeles Clipper with poise.”

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  • Nick

    The only word that comes to my mind is LOL.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I can’t believe people expect players to be “loyal” to teams when they are regularly treated like this (same ish happened to LO).

  • Will Lee

    props to Gordon. I love this him as a person and a player. All the best in New Orleans. Its a solid roster there and you can average 25+. EG will be a champ one day on the right team.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Kinda cosign JT21.

  • Zack

    Sucks for EG. He handled it perfectly though, no whining and complaining. Respect him for that.

  • AMPduppp

    News sources shouldn’t be allowed to release this kinda stuff until the player himself hears it first…that’s cold, havin to hear you’re being traded through twitter instead of your agent or the GM

  • T-Money

    that’s why i think fans are sometimes unfair to players. we bash them for not being loyal to their teams or not giving their teams an heads up when they want to bolt but the clips told gordon YESTERDAY that he would not be traded and that they should start talking extension soon. cold business.

  • LA Huey

    co-sign JTaylor. Don’t forget Utah did this to Deron too

  • bike

    Cry me a river. These guys know the buisness. Besides, EG will be the best shooting guard in the league once D-Wade starts to slow down. He’s gonna be the man in NO and on a team with a pretty bright future.

  • Ali

    Most of the country is raving over CP3 going to the lowly Clippers, Hahaha….Now that’s funny!

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    That. Sucks.

  • Wilt13

    I think the hornets ultimately won in this trade, what clippers gon do with 4 point guards. And I know it will hurt if that new Orleans first round draft pick ends up being in the top 5.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    ^ The Clippers won’t keep Mo Williams.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    There is no loyalty in the NBA. The last bit of Loyalty in the league died the day Iverson got traded to Denver.

  • slamfan4life

    Business; a tough love, really feel for him

  • Ldub20

    @Nick..”LOL”?? Thats funny dude? Really? Imagine if you had established your family, friends and work in LA and then your manager said we are going to ship you to New Orleans and there is nothing you can do about it. Now youre in a city where you know no one, have no friends or family, and everything you knew about your current situation is about to change. Grow some maturity homie. Definitely not a cool situation, no matter who you are, or how much you make.

  • Jay

    it’s tough to be told that you’re moving across the country just with a phone call but this guy makes $20k every game he plays in an 82 game season. I don’t feel too bad for Gordon.

  • Jay

    If Gordon resigns he’ll play with 2 lottery picks from next year’s draft and he’ll get to be “the man” on his own team. and they shipped him to a bigger party city than LA. It’s not like he got dealt to Utah and had to take a lesser role.

    A young multi-millionaire just got transfered to New Orleans. I don’t think many people would cry about that.

  • Ldub20

    amazes me how people look at people that are making good money as “rich people” instead of “people that are rich”. Money does make things easier…you are definitely more stable, and able to enjoy the finer things life has to offer. But when youre talking about basically picking up and starting over…millions of dollars doesnt change your emotions!

  • Jay

    Ldub20—a pro ball player realizes every single day that they can wind up waived, traded, or playing in Bulgaria with just a simple phone call. They chose to sign up for this. Eric Gordon was given the privilege of going to a fun city where he’ll get to have his own team. Not to mention the team’s future looks a lot brighter now with 2 lottery picks coming and cap space. I don’t feel bad for Gordon for a second. His lifestyle doesn’t change one bit. He just gets to rent a condo in the French Quarter now and he’ll probably make more $$$$ with the stats he’s about to drop as the #1 option.

  • RunNGun

    It sucks but it’s all part of the business. All you can do is stay classy and keep that head high.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Alf

    Classy on BG’s part…

    I’m not convinced this is entirely a deal in the best interest of the Clips.

    Maybe too early to call, but sorta reminds me of when Chucky-Atkins/Bell-Wallace were traded for G.Hill from Orlando to Detroit. Pistons got a championship after that right?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I agree that pro players choose their professions.
    But so does everybody. It doesn’t mean you can’t have sympathy for them when they have a tough situation.
    The double standard is the real problem though. If you’re ok with players getting traded like this, you should be ok with them leaving in free agency or demanding to be traded where they would like.
    And if you’re ok with them using free agency, you should be fine with them being traded.
    It is a business on BOTH sides. Both sides make business decisions.
    Way too many fans want one side to make business decisions, and the other side to make “love of the game” decisions.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    JUST DONT SAY ISH when players jump ship!! ok?

  • Ldub20

    @Jay. I see that you basically disregarded everything that was just said. Yes he makes millions. Yes his life is set “financially”. But like I said twice before…it doesnt take the emotions out of it. It doesnt matter if its a “possibility” to be traded. Fact of the matter is, no one wants to be traded (unless they ask for). Especially not to please another players wishes. You dont have to feel sad for him, thats your opinion. Mine is, it would suck to be uprooted and shipped somewhere else, especially since you could see that he enjoyed playing in LA. And like T-Money said…he was just told the day before that he wouldnt be traded. Its not a good feeling…and for whatever reason, I think you are blinded by the money that is being made, instead of the feelings. You really think his “facial” expression was sad because he was going to NOLA, or because he is being uprooted from his home? id take the 2nd pick. Scrap all the possibilites of being “the man” and all that other hooplah…u dont know that role he will have. and when these 2 picks come in…you dont know their roles either. alot of uncertain issues. Could mess his head up…u never know!!

  • robb

    I don’t know why some people think this is funny.

  • Waggle

    Bulls should acquire Gordon imo..Howard too if at all possible…or JR Smith if they can’t get Gordon…and Flip Murray too..he’s not even in the NBA right now..but when I’ve seen him play I think he’s one of the best 1 on 1 playing guards in the league

  • DieselMechanic

    Sad story but the price of making mills in the nba. Don’t be somber EG, you’re rich, beaoch!

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    ^^ why do fans think its so easy to just aquire good players? star players at that

  • LA Huey

    ^^^Because in 2K, I can flip Dorrell Wright, David Lee, Biedris, and picks for Dwight (and some other cats to make the salaries match). Video games reflect reality, obviously.

  • http://www.2ksports.com Showtime

    @nbk 11:46, yep thats what i said to when you trade a icon like ieverson back then, you knew loyal should never be spoke about in the nba again.. The only person that has stayed is TiMMy & that because of the hardware he brought.

  • bike

    I’m thinking that EG knew this was a real possibility and his bummed reaction was planned. He was probably thinking ‘they told me that if I was to be traded, I would probably hear it via social networking, I would be attending a team event, and I should act bummed initially. That way, we get some SLAM time and it makes the fans feel all warm and fuzzy’.

  • Hamond

    I agree with Allenp and JTaylor21. There’s this double standard. If owners are pissed that players are leaving through free agency they should also consider the other side. They’re trading players on a whim because that’s what’s best for the business, how can they not expect the same from players? I mentioned this in the posting about Chauncey being waived by the Knicks and I got ripped on by some dude named Justin about how I can be so stupid as to not understand the difference between players leaving through free agency and teams trading players.

    So, Justin, I’m calling you out right now for that comment. Yes, it’s petty, but you shouldn’t have been talking sh*t without the proper knowledge. SON

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @Showtime Iverson DESIRED to be traded from Philly, and he got his WISH when he was traded to Denver. Surely you can’t be blaming Sixers ownership for trading their disgruntled superstar? Don’t really see how this compares to Eric Gordon getting dealt. Two entirely different types of situations. If you want talk about LOYALTY being broken, I’d say the way the Lakers treated Shaq after he esentially delivered their franchise 3 chips. You know I speak the TRUTH.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Chaucney is getting paid 14.2 million dollars this season because the New York Knicks picked up the last year of his contract. It was a TEAM option, not a player option. The Knicks didn’t have to pick that last year up, but they did, and after he barely played about 3 months for their team, and wasn’t even healthy for a large part of that time. They used their amnesty provision on him, yet Chauncey is still getting paid by the Knicks sans the 2 million or whatever it is the Clippers are paying him. He’s in a good situation now too. Maybe the Knicks should have never picked up the last year of Chauncey’s contract. Then how much money is he making this year? A LOT LESS, I’ll tell you that much. So please, stop crying for Chauncey…the KNICKS DID HIM A FAVOR! If you can’t see that, then you’re SLOW.

  • JL

    @IAMORANGE4EVER – Shaq was being an ass and mad dogging the owner after an exaggerrated blocked shot display in a preseason game asking to be paid more when he still had a couple years on his contract! That’s not loyalty. That’s being way too arrogant for his own good. Shaq’s career was ruined by his arrogance. Why work on his game? he’s the MDE anyway! Stay in shape? That’s for the (biggest) losers. Now pay me for being the MDE cuz I say I am (Shaq)!

    Shaq’s not loyal. he thinks he is the king but forgets he’s the one getting the paychecks not doling it out.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Please…Kobe wanted Shaq out and got his wish. Buss went with the young guy, and pushed Shaq out that door.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The Knicks picked up his option because they’re only other point guard was Toney Douglas and they knew Chauncey was coming off the books the same year Chris Paul and Deron Williams were supposed to be free agents.
    It wasn’t a favor, it was a business decision.
    Now, I agree that the decision clearly benefited Chauncey, but let’s not pretend that the Knicks just decided to give him that money because they liked his attitude.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Kobe and Shaq were going to combine for 44Million Dollars of a 52Million Dollar Salary Cap. One of them had to go.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Allenp, the Knicks had the option of paying Chauncey Billups a $3.7 million buyout, but instead picked up his 14.2 million dollar contract. To me that’s a favor. Billups is still a good floor general, but not 14.2 million dollars worth of a floor general. Stop crying for Billups. It’s not like the Knicks were his hometown team (Denver Nuggets) and traded him twice.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    The market says Billups is worth 2 million this year, when the Clippers claimed him. Now let’s suppose the Knicks bought him out, he’s making around 6 million dollars this year, instead of 14.2. Basically, the Knicks gave him an 8 million dollars extra than he would have got if they just bought him out. I feel so sorry for Billups. Let’s go OCCUPY MSG, Allenp. lol

  • brad

    big mistake, cp3 is the most over rated player in the NBA

  • MikeC.

    EG wasn’t aware that this was coming? I guess we can all stop saying stuff like “these guys make millions so they shouldn’t complain about trades.” Gordon doesn’t even get paid enough to have Internet at his house so he can keep up on the trade chatter.

  • Hugh Jass

    All class by EG

  • http://www.slamonline.com PapaDuck

    this article made it seems very sad. like he learned that a close family member had died

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    Thats the Biz. Bball players do not get treated anyworse then any employees of a BIG business.

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    If you think getting traded is tough, try working in finance and banking, the moment the financial markets take a downturn your out the door son.

  • http://www.realgm.com Nate James

    I like Eric Gordan come to Portland if you ever get a chance. lol

  • Zabba

    Deron Williams was on a treadmill watching ESPN and working out with his teammates when he found out he got traded. I don’t like Lebron but I don’t criticize him for leaving Cleveland.

  • Justin

    Is JTaylor going to say what he did at 9:52 everytime someone is traded? I guess the team should wait until he gets home to tell him right? And of course it’s an obvious reference to what Lebron did but again, it’s completely different. Lebron should have told Cleveland what he was going to do before announcing it on that ridiculous special. I have no problems with him leaving when they have finished out their contract, but the way he did it was ridiculous. I want to see what you guys would say if an owner went on television, showed the lowlights of a player’s career and then announced they were trading the guy. How would you react then?

  • EtheKnickFan

    Somewhere D Gil is saying EG will win more chips before CP3.

  • #6marjons

    classy dude

  • Allenp

    You can’t buy a player out without his consent. Learn the rules.
    They picked up his option because they needed him. Period. There was no favor.

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

    @ Justin: Ummm, that’s basically what owners do when players are informed about their trades on TV, before being told a single thing by the GM.
    Deron Williams found about he was leaving for Jersey through Sportscenter… While he was working out with his teammates.

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

    found out*… I keep typing “about” for “out.”

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