Eric Gordon Hopes to Win Back New Orleans Hornets Fans

by July 18, 2012

Despite his repeated protests, Eric Gordon is still a New Orleans Hornet, and now he’s looking to mend fences with fans who are angry with him for trying to leave town. Per Yahoo! Sports: “After declaring that he didn’t want the Hornets to match the Phoenix Suns’ offer sheet for him – and that his ‘heart’ was already in Phoenix – Gordon now finds himself back in New Orleans. And he says he’s committed to leading the young Hornets, who now include top overall draft pick Anthony Davis and rookie guard Austin Rivers. ‘I wish I could’ve done a little better with the fan perception,’ Gordon said. ‘But also at the same time they don’t know the business perspective of how negotiations are handled. They don’t know how being a restricted free agent can be mind-boggling for a player. I’m here with an open mind and here to help the young guys. They will see the next four years will be better than the last four years of my career, so it should be nothing but good things.’ […] Gordon also questioned the Hornets’ drafting of Austin Rivers with the 10th overall selection. Rivers arrived from Duke as a shooting guard, Gordon’s position. Gordon believed the Hornets needed another big man with the departure of Emeka Okafor and Chris Kaman. […] Gordon now says he looks forward to playing alongside Rivers and that the two could take turns playing point guard. ‘He was never really a problem,’ Gordon said. ‘It was more of a business standpoint of I didn’t know what direction the front office of the team was going. I never had a problem with him. I just know that while I’m here I’m going to try to help him in every situation possible.'”