Ben Gordon has surgery, a sign he will be better next season

From a team release:

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Detroit Pistons announced today that guard Ben Gordon underwent a successful surgical procedure performed by Dr. Art Manoli to remove bone spurs and loose bodies from his left ankle. The procedure was performed at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, MI.

Gordon’s left ankle will be placed in a cast for three weeks and rehabilitation will begin immediately following removal of the cast.  He is expected to make a full recovery prior to the start of training camp in October.

The 6-foot-3 guard appeared in 62 games (17 starts) for the Pistons last season averaging 13.8 points, 2.7 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game.

How often after a player has a subpar season do you hear that he was more hurt than you realized? I think it’s usually true when you hear it, and I think most players’ games recover the following year when that’s the case.

Sometimes, I think it’s just an excuse to cover for a lousy year, though. And when that’s the case, it’s not really an indicator the player will bounce back next year.

But when it’s just an excuse, the player doesn’t have a surgery most outsiders didn’t expect he needed. So I’ll say it:

Ben Gordon was injured more than we realized last year, and that affected his play. I think he’ll bounce back next season.

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