Whether it was an unexpected last-minute trade in December 2011 or injuries the following two summers that prevented or curtailed his workouts, Eric Gordon has yet to experience an optimal lead-up to an NBA season in the Crescent City. That’s finally changed in 2014 for the shooting guard, who’s been 100 percent since getting back on the basketball court in June.
He’s focused this summer on regaining the quickness and athleticism he displayed as a promising 21-year-old who played for the 2010 USA Basketball team that won gold at the FIBA world championship.
“That’s what I’ve really been working on, explosiveness to the rim, trying to beat people (off the dribble),” he said. “I don’t think I was very consistent, because with all of the injuries, it would slow me down at times, because I would be so hesitant to make a move or even explode to the basket at times. It’s always good to have that mentality where you can beat people off the dribble without even thinking about that injury, just having that mindset that you’re unguardable… Each season’s been getting better the past two or three years. This year has been well because I’ve actually been able to work out as hard and as long as I want to, during the summer. So it’s been a lot better.”
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