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Charlotte Bobcats’ Ben Gordon Gets Into it with Coach Mike Dunlap

If the Charlotte Bobcats weren’t entirely serious about trading their veteran two guard, Ben Gordon, they are now.

A report from Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski states that Gordon and head coach Mike Dunlap got into it during the team’s morning shootaround prior to the game against the Boston Celtics. Dunlap had his squad huddled around for a chat and as he was speaking, Gordon was continuously bouncing a basketball. When Dunlap asked his player to stop dribbling while he spoke, Gordon refused to. At that point, Dunlap asked for Ben to give him the ball. This prompted Gordon to tell his coach that he needed to “humble himself,” and he tossed the ball over towards a ball rack.

Feb 6, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Charlotte Bobcats head coach Mike Dunlap reacts in the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

It was also reported that Bobcats GM Rod Higgins was in attendance for the shootaround and he was the one who took action and intervened. Charlotte’s Front Office decided not to suspend Gordon because they believed that it would diminish his trade value going into the deadline.

Wojnarowski reports that a league source stated that the situation was, “beyond disrespectful.”

In 22 minutes per game, Ben Gordon is currently averaging 12.6 PPG while shooting about 41% from beyond the arc. The 22 MPG are well below his career average of 29 per game which is the direct cause of why his 12.6 PPG are almost 4 less than his career average of 16.2.

Ever since his days in Chicago, Gordon hasn’t been the same player he once was. In 5 seasons with the Bulls he never averaged less than 15 PPG. Over his last 3 and a half years, his highest points per game average was 13.8, which he achieved throughout the 2009-10 campaign as a Detroit Piston.

Whether he has been misused or hasn’t developed chemistry with teammates since leaving Chicago can’t be said for sure. However, it’s clear that after four years of mediocre play on bad teams, Gordon’s patience has run out. Within the next few days, the man out of UCONN might get his wish. Rumors have come up that the Bobcats and Brooklyn Nets have been talking a Ben Gordon/Kris Humphries swap, per TNT’s David Aldridge.

 

Although Aldridge mentions it’s a back burner possibility, this was reported before the incident. Since the incident occured this past Monday, it could be a huge sign for the Front Office that they need to get Gordon out of Charlotte.

Stay tuned and keep checking in with us at Savingtheskyhook.com. We’ll keep you up to date with any more information we get on this situation as well as more trade rumors as we hear about them.


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