Gordon misses cut for 2012 US Olympic team

  • 07/07/2012 8:52 pm in

The 12-man roster that will represent the United States at the 2012 Olympics in London was announced Saturday night and former Indiana guard Eric Gordon missed the final cut.

Gordon, who averaged 8.6 points and 1.6 rebounds on the USA World Championship team that won the 2010 FIBA World Championship, was among six players vying for the final three spots on the Olympic team.

USA Basketball began training on Friday in Las Vegas and went through two workouts before the final roster was announced.

Andre Igoudala, Blake Griffin and James Harden made the cut and Gordon, Anthony Davis and Rudy Gay were left off the roster.

Gordon, who has agreed to sign an offer sheet with the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday for four years and $58 million, reiterated on Friday in Las Vegas that he’ll be disappointed if the New Orleans Hornets decide to match the offer:

“If (the Hornets) were interested, there wouldn’t have been no tour, there wouldn’t have been nothing,” Gordon said. “There’s been no negotiations. I was right there in Indiana. I haven’t received no calls, to me personally. They’ve contacted my agent.

“As for now, I don’t know what’s going on. (If the Hornets match) as of right now, I’d be disappointed.”

As a restricted free agent, the Hornets wil have three days to match Gordon’s offer sheet from Phoenix and retain him.

New Orleans offered Gordon a four-year extension last January when the franchise was still owned by the NBA, but he rejected the offer.

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  • Andrew

    Seeing the daily Eric Gordon update makes me yearn even more for the start of the season, which I didn’t think was possible. To be perfectly clear: I’m not debating the news-“worthiness” of ITH covering something like this in July, when nothing in the world of college bball is going on, but I for one couldn’t care less about someone who was in BTown for 5 minutes and was a part of exactly zero postseason victories. I know, I know— “if you don’t like it, don’t read it”…but I’m just stating my two cents, which I bet many on here would agree with: I can’t wait for a “Howard (or a team like that): The Minute After” in November.

  • Andrew

    Seeing the daily Eric Gordon update makes me yearn even more for the start of the season, which I didn’t think was possible. To be perfectly clear: I’m not debating the news-“worthiness” of ITH covering something like this in July, when nothing in the world of college bball is going on, but I for one couldn’t care less about someone who was in BTown for 5 minutes and was a part of exactly zero postseason victories. I know, I know— “if you don’t like it, don’t read it”…but I’m just stating my two cents, which I bet many on here would agree with: I can’t wait for a “Howard (or a team like that): The Minute After” in November.

  • SCHoosier

    I’m sure Eric would have done a great job on the O team. However..if I’m the GM of the Hornets or Suns….and am ready to pay Gordon $58M….and given his injury history..I’m happy as hell he didn’t make the cut.

  • hoosierdaddy3

    I don’t know much about the NBA, but if Gordon is a restricted free agent then how would he go about being an unrestricted free agent? Would he just sign a one year deal and then be free to go where he chooses next year? I know Cleveland didn’t get the chance to match Miami’s offer for LeBron… It just seems kind of silly to me that he can’t decide where he wants to go for whatever money he wants to play for.

    In the NFL they have to designate tenders on players before they are restricted free agents, is this similar? Would New Orleans be compensated if they don’t match the offer like in the NFL?

  • jermhoosierfan

    He was traded which means his rights from his rookie contract was traded with him. I believe that in the NBA you are a “restricted” free agent when your rookie deal is over. He would be an “unrestricted” free agent after this contract, but only the team he is with at that time can offer him the most money. That is where the “sign and trade” stuff comes in. The NBA is much more complicated than it needs to be. I do believe after this next season, they won’t be able to do sign and trades anymore under the new CBA. If an unrestricted free agent leaves, he will not be able to get that bigger deal from the new team, but that team doesn’t get any compensation for when he leaves either.

  • VegasHoosier

    Maybe if we didn’t hire a known cheat as a coach , he mightve stayed two years but he was too talented to do so. Its comical really. We are all different one way or another and to bash a kid about grammar when he’s mad and feels disrespected is silly bro. Do you speak perfectly clear and right when your pissed off? I sure don’t. But to each is own I guess.

  • VegasHoosier

    Maybe if we didn’t hire a known cheat as a coach , he mightve stayed two years but he was too talented to do so. Its comical really. We are all different one way or another and to bash a kid about grammar when he’s mad and feels disrespected is silly bro. Do you speak perfectly clear and right when your pissed off? I sure don’t. But to each is own I guess.

  • jahhoosier

    I’m pretty much there with you. It’s July; so, I’d lustily read an article about changing the paint in the laundry room of Assembly Hall, even if it was the same color. But this news does not mean much to me.

    While I think Eric is a good kid, and selfishly wish he had gone to the Pacers so that he’d be in Bloomington more often, which would appeal to recruits, I do not at all think of him as I do the kids that stayed and graduated. I just don’t. Eric will be far more successful than DJ White in the NBA but DJ is unquestionably a true Hoosier to me, while Eric just isn’t.

    It’s the big reason I’m different from other fans in not wanting to recruit one-and-dones. They feel like mercenaries to me and I get absolutely no pleasure from their involvement with IU, even if it means a few more wins, even in the tournament. Truthfully, though, I still believe teams can win at the highest level without recruiting one-and-dones. Is it harder? Yep. But it can be done at a place like Indiana, of that I am sure.

  • Andrew

    Good points. Selfishly though, I admit much of it is result-driven for me. If we get anything close to a Carmelo one-and-done, I won’t complain (quite magnanimous of me, I know). But the way EJ and the entire team other than DJ played down the stretch that year…the final memories are just so bad. Granted he had the wrist injury, and there was a coaching change unlike any other in program history, but what happened happened.

  • 888

    Right on. Hes speaking to a reporter not writing a book. Eric took alot of heat to play at IU and I think we should remember that.

  • Southport65

    All I remember were all the negative posts that he would never make it in the NBA even through the kid was hurt and playing through major adversity with players and coaches. He continues to come back to IU and help Coach when ever he is ask not to mention his support of IU camps for kids and his AAU Indiana teams. He is an Indiana kid who did his best on a rotten team and now much to some of your dislike he is a 58 million dollar player in the NBA with a bright future who just missed making the making the “O” team because Harden had such a great payoff in the NBA finals. Every time I see DJ White here doing something for the IU coaches, programs, and teams Gordon is right here with him. He is loyal to IU which is more than I can say for some fans toward him. He could have left IU and never returned and bad mouthed all that happened but he did not. Some of you need to get over him being one and done because there will be more as IU recruits the best players in the country. Lets hope the NBA and the NCAA fix this mess but until they do we are stuck with a broken system driven by money and greed and it is not Eric Gordon who made it this way. Sure, I wish he had stayed longer but under the terrible circumstances at the time I don’t blame him for going.

  • Pritch24

    Way off topic, but will there be any chance to see our guys, especially the frosh play at any point before Hoosier Hysteria in Oct.?

  • Pritch24

    Way off topic, but will there be any chance to see our guys, especially the frosh play at any point before Hoosier Hysteria in Oct.?

  • Pritch24

    Yeah I agree completely. You can’t really blame the guy for leaving when it would have only been him, Finkelmeier and Taber with a bunch of walk-ons and Devan Dumeses. He made the right choice for himself for sure, although he could have averaged as much as 30 shots on that team lol. A bad shot from him was better than a decent shot from anyone else that year.

  • IUFAN87

    Man we had one of the best teams in the country that year and if all the drama wouldnt have started about text messages (which is now allowed so IU and Sampson got screwed and really they tried to make a example out of Sampson) we had great chance to win national title…We also at time had a top ten class coming in but we lost them all and your right Gordon had no reason to stay if the violations didnt happen he prolly would have had a tough decision to make but with all the violations yeah there was only one choice.

  • a once in a while commenter

    One of my grandchildren attended Eric Gordon’s basketball camp in Indianapolis this summer. There were probably 70-80 kids there of ages 5 through 15, I would guess. It was a fantastic experience and the kids seemed to be very much enjoying working on their skills and having a few motivational sessions as well. Eric Gordon attended the whole camp as far as I am aware. I saw him there everyday in the gym instructing and interacting with the kids. This was not someone who just showed up for part of it because his name was on the sign — his presence was central to the camp. The other notable thing was how his whole family and a great number of his friends were involved and taking part in some way or another. This is an admirable endeavor and kids in Indy are lucky they get to have a positive example in professional sports that they can really identify with.

  • Robert Sales

    I’d watch any negative comments about Gordon. I’m sure his little brother (recruit) reads these blogs. Go IU

  • Robert Sales

    I’d watch any negative comments about Gordon. I’m sure his little brother (recruit) reads these blogs. Go IU

  • HoosierGrad07

    Well some of us are not only fans of IU basketball but also of all the great, quality kids this state develops for the next level. To say you don’t want Trey Lyles to come to IU because he’s a 1-and-done (he most likely will be) is quite honestly, disgraceful. To label these kids as mercenaries when they are forced by the NBA to go the college route is truly unfair to them.

    But anyway, I don’t wanna rant too long. It’s comes down to the fact that all the true IU fans will be able to take pleasure from the involvement of all players who come to IU ready to work hard and go to class no matter if they stay 1 year or 4. And yes, for anyone who couldn’t truly be happy for a player who works hard and goes to class and has a strong GPA during his 1 year at IU, isn’t a true IU fan. We want quality kids who can play and it’s not our place to try to deny them their dreams.

  • jahhoosier

    Oh, boo-hoo. Based on your screen name, let me give you a little advice that will serve you well in life: self-righteousness does not become you. And here’s one other that you should have already learned by now: name calling will never advance your argument. Oh, and a third, take the time to comprehend what you read; there’s a vast distance between me stating that one-and-dones FEEL like a mercenary and me actually calling them a mercenary, which I would never do.

    Now, I think I can state with confidence, based on that screen name, that I’ve been a “true” IU fan since long before you were born. I’ve lived and breathed IU basketball for as long as I can remember. And unless 2007 was the year you graduated at the top of your class out of the Kelley School’s MBA program or the Maurer School of Law, or you were born a trust fund baby, I suspect I’ve donated thousands and thousands more dollars to our alma mater than you have. So, regardless of what you think, I can absolutely assure you that I’m as “true,” as passionate, and as good a fan as anyone can be.

    And to me, part of being a real, true fan is considering the team as a part of the larger university. The Hoosiers are not an NBDL franchise; they are part of an institution of higher learning.

    Imagine anyone other than an athlete indicated on his or her application to IU that he or she only planned to attend for a year and would then drop out. Do you think that person would be accepted?

    See, the “Indiana Way” means one thing if it means anything, and that is that Indiana can win at the highest levels with real student-athletes who go to class, study, and graduate. No one can be a real student if they only plan on being at a university for a few months. They just cannot be. Indiana University is not a vocational school for Heaven’s sake.

    Now, am I “denying” anyone their dreams or anything else with that statement? Of course not. First of all, from a practical standpoint, I have no control over any of this. Tom Crean and the university are going to do what they are going to do.

    Second of all, if Trey Lyles’ or any other kid’s sole dream is to play in the NBA, there are plenty of ways he can do it without coming to IU. He can play in the NBDL and actually make money. He can play in Europe and make even more. He can train at a facility like IMG, where he would regularly play with NBA players. Any of these one-and-dones have innumerable options besides pretending to be a college student. NBA scouts are skilled people; they will be fully apprised of Trey’s talents if he spends a year playing in Mongolia.

    So, yes, I would prefer that any of these options be what Trey or any other one-and-done chooses instead of enrolling at IU, if in fact his only intention is to come to Bloomington for a single year.

    See, everyone blames the NBA or the NCAA or the rain for this situation but, at the end of the day, it really comes down to colleges taking these kids because it’s competitively advantageous. Nothing else. They do not HAVE to do it. And nothing, NOTHING makes a greater mockery of the concept of the student-athlete than a one-and-done player or accepting a player that will without question be one-and-done.

    Again, I also firmly believe that it is unnecessary competitively. IU is poised to win a title this coming year without a single one-and-done having come through the door.

    And I cannot imagine a truer fan sentiment, even as I accept that those who disagree are still true fans.

  • HoosierStoff

    Anybody else think that Anthony Davis should have made the squad over Griffin or Harden? I know, I know, we all LOVE Blake Griffin’s dunks, but honestly the dude has his off moments. As much as it pains me to say it, I think that it would be really, REALLY fun to watch Davis run the floor with the rest of our country’s top ballers. I think that this was a slightly flawed decision to leave him off the team. Think that he really could have helped on the D side of things, and he would have been fun to watch overall. Let me know what you guys think! (We are winning gold regardless, but fun convo piece)

  • HoosierStoff

    Anybody else think that Anthony Davis should have made the squad over Griffin or Harden? I know, I know, we all LOVE Blake Griffin’s dunks, but honestly the dude has his off moments. As much as it pains me to say it, I think that it would be really, REALLY fun to watch Davis run the floor with the rest of our country’s top ballers. I think that this was a slightly flawed decision to leave him off the team. Think that he really could have helped on the D side of things, and he would have been fun to watch overall. Let me know what you guys think! (We are winning gold regardless, but fun convo piece)

  • achurt

    I think “great chance” is way too strong. I would say we had a very very slim chance at winning a national title… with a good chance at winning a couple games in the tournament.
    I also don’t think IU or Samps got screwed. Break the rules – pay the price.

  • he couldn’t play due to his ankle injury….they should have called cody!

  • I know the hornets will match the offer. Otherwise they lose a great player with nothing in return. The question is whether they trade him? Would love to see him in Boston or Indiana but they don’t have cap space. Staying in NO would not be awful with the talent coming in. I would not be dissapointed with 58 million in my pocket….
    Great kid and family and I can see the NO team be a contender in 2-3 yrs if the core stays healthy.

  • SCHoosier

    That’s a gig you have to earn by performance..he couldn’t perform. He’ll have other opportunities in the future.

  • INUnivHoosier

    One, there is little difference between saying that players feel like mercenaries and that they are mercenaries. It is really just semantics. If I told one of the posters on this website that their comments made me feel like they are a scumbag, I would basically be calling them a scumbag.

    Two, the amount of money donated to the university has little to do with how “true” a Hoosier you are. I would imagine that a school teacher who graduated from IU and makes $100 donations when possible could be a much greater, more involved, and more proud Hoosier than a successful businessperson who donates say $10,000 a year.

    Three, the amount of time you’ve been alive does not make you a truer Hoosier.

    I would also note that many of the kids who come to play IU basketball are not Hoosiers, and most of them are not particularly familiar with the tradition of the program. They don’t necessarily care about the “Indiana Way” as described by you or me. They care about Tom Crean’s way, and how that way will help them.

    There are also great kids, like Cody Zeller, who I’m sure have a firm grasp on the university’s tradition but would not come play at this university if they had to study under someone like Kelvin Sampson. I think CZ is a great Hoosier that we can all be proud of.

    I don’t agree that you aren’t a “true Hoosier” because you don’t like one and dones, but I do suggest that you are basing your ideal of yourself as a “true Hoosier” on very fragile bedrock. Also, I don’t necessarily believe that DJ White (who I think is an outstanding person and player) was necessarily basing his decision to come play at IU on the idea that the university is more important than the team. I think you are placing too much on this idealism of what a student athlete is.

    I firmly believe in the idea of a student athlete graduating from college, whether that be in 3 years, 4 years, or whatever. I don’t blame a kid for being a one and done, though. You have to consider that the development leagues may not work out, playing ball overseas (thousands of miles from family and support structure) may not be an option for a young guy, and sitting it out for a year is really out of the question. It is a smart move for a kid to hedge his bets by attending a university like Indiana. That kid has:
    1) Major exposure
    2) A backup plan if things don’t work out the way they planned
    3) A chance to be a college student (which is pretty awesome – admittedly I’ve never been a student-athlete, so I can’t comment on that)
    4) A chance to train under some of the best coaches in the business
    5) Access to outstanding facilities
    6) This post is getting out of control, so I’ll just say, “etc.”

  • Kelin Blab

    Cody Zeller is absolutely a one and done kid along with Mo Creek prior to his injuries. I hope Crean continues to pursue kids who are one and done or 4 and done…..you have made good points but not sure if you are willing to turn away the two kids mentioned above.

  • hoosierdaddy3

    That makes sense, thanks for the help!