After repeating Coach K's quote (see Sheridan's article on ESPN) that all of his USA teammates want EJ to shoot when he is open, DJ neatly encapsulates much of what has been debated on Clipsnation this summer. Interesting to note that DJ references both the coach and the players as partly to blame for EJ's status on the Clips, so there is enough grist for everyone to say that DJ supports their cause:
"Would Gordon get the same response from the Clippers locker room? It’s a little disheartening that the answer to that isn’t definitive, but let’s not have that distract us from what Gordon is doing in international play right now. Gordon has always been an efficient scorer, and with an absolute green light from his coaching staff and teammates, he’s flourished because he’s been allowed to.
That isn’t to say that the previous coaching regime stifled Gordon’s abilities, but the players on the court didn’t exactly provide the proper environment for him to do his best work, and a large majority of the offensive plays weren’t dialed up with Gordon exclusively in mind. The lane has always been crowded, the player on the opposite wing has never been a playmaking threat, and in his time as a Clipper, ball movement has been a theory more than a practice.
It’s still extremely difficult to get a gauge on where Gordon stands as a player. Is he an average shooting guard? Above average? Does he have the potential to be one of the best in the league? An all-star? A nice role player? No one really knows, and at 21 years of age, that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
We’ll see what kind of future is in store for Gordon, but assertive performances like this one lead you to believe it will be a bright one."