If coming off the bench is the new normal, Eric Gordon will adjust.
But the Pelicans guard admits it might not be an easy adjustment.
Gordon moved to the Pelicans' second unit in Tuesday's 113-104 home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, the result of Tyreke Evans' return after missing the first 17 games of the season after October knee surgery.
"I'm always going to do what's best for the team, follow what the coach says," Gordon said after the game. "It's just a major adjustment. I haven't come off the bench – only a couple times my eight-year career. It's something different."
Gordon, who is averaging 17.2 points per game this season, has started in 371 of 390 career games, and 13 of those 19 games off the bench came in his rookie season with the Los Angeles Clippers.
In New Orleans, Gordon has started in all but four of 190 games over parts of five seasons.
But with Evans returning, Gordon moved to the bench, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said, to try and generate offense with New Orleans' second unit. Gentry said he talked in advance about the move with Gordon, who he said was "fine" with it.
Gordon said "of course" Gentry's conversation with him came as a surprise. Coming off the bench requires "a whole different mentality," Gordon said, and he's not accustomed to it.
Gordon, who is averaging 34.6 minutes per game, played 19 in Tuesday's loss, a season low. He played less than two minutes in the fourth quarter and was off the floor for the final 10:43 of the game.
"I'm always used to being in those (end-of-game) situations," Gordon said. "Love those situations. But it is what it is. I'm not going to sit here and ever complain."