Monty Williams Benched Eric Gordon After They Shouted at Each Other

by April 06, 2013

Things got very testy between New Orleans Hornets head coach Monty Williams and guard Eric Gordon last night — Gordon was benched after getting into a shouting match with Williams during a third quarter timeout. The Hornets went on to lose to the Utah Jazz 95-83. Per and the Times-Picayune: “Hornets coach Monty Williams and point guard Eric Gordon got into a screaming match during a timeout with 8:37 left in the third quarter. Paul Millsap had just scored on a putback to put Utah ahead 55-47 and New Orleans called a timeout. Williams was visibly agitated, yelling in Gordon’s direction. He had to be held back by assistant coach Randy Ayers after Gordon hollered back at him, and when the team went to the sidelines, Williams continued screaming at Gordon. Gordon, the team’s leading scorer, did not return to the game after the confrontation. […] The Hornets declined to comment about the situation on Saturday morning. The Hornets went on to lose their eight consecutive road game, 95-83 to the Utah Jazz, with Gordon finishing with seven points.”