New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon said he tested his injured left labrum on Thursday but is not near a return to the team.
“I did a little bit (of shooting) for the first time yesterday, and it felt worse,” Gordon said after Friday morning's shoot-around, in which he didn't participate. “I think things are progressing pretty well – shooting, dribbling, just getting more familiar with having the ball in my hand.”
Gordon's shoulder was injured on Nov. 22 when he drove against Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke. Burke pulled Gordon's left arm, and his shoulder popped out of socket, he said. He hasn't played since, missing the past eight games, and the Pelicans are 2-6 in the those games. He said Friday he could be out three to four weeks.
Gordon, whose labrum is completely torn, said surgery is an option, but one he'd exercise as a last resort. Other players have been known to choose rehabilitation and have continued their careers.
“What I plan to do is avoid it,” Gordon said. “So I'm going to get my arm back strong, give it a chance and go out there and play.
“It's not something that's going to heal 100 percent unless you have surgery. So, I'm just going to go out there and take my chances and play.”
Gordon said pain tolerance will be a big part of his ability to play once the shoulder is strengthened through rehab exercises.
“Some days it's fine, some days it's definitely not,” he said. “It's going to be fine as long as I keep on strengthening it.
“It's something that's very tough to deal with, and it's very easy to dislocate. It's all about taking chances, but getting it stronger gives you a chance to bypass surgery.”
The next step, he said, is trying to lift weights.
Gordon said he hasn't gone back and watched the tape of his injury.
“It wasn't like (Burke) was doing anything purposely,” he said. “It was a freakish play. It was just something that happens all the time during a game.”