According to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Ben Gordon and Mike Dunlap got into an incident Monday. The rift took place at shootaround before the Bobcats victory over the Celtics. Gordon allegedly was bouncing a basketball while Dunlap was speaking to the team. Dunlap asked Gordon to stop, but Gordon began baiting Dunlap telling him he needed to “humble himself.”
Gordon refused to give the ball to Dunlap and tossed it at a ball rack. Rod Higgins, the president of basketball operations for the Bobcats, was in attendance and had to intervene.
A league source described the scene as “beyond disrespectful.” The team did not suspend Gordon, a decision which was made to not affect Gordon’s trade value. It’s not secret the Bobcats have been shopping Gordon, with the most popular rumor being a deal that sends him to Brooklyn for Kris Humphries.
The incident has made the Bobcats more determined to move Gordon, who sits in a crowded Bobcats frontcourt. Gordon is averaging just a little over 12 points this season, but is averaging his highest points per 36 in four seasons. This means Gordon is scoring a lot quicker and efficiently as a member of the Bobcats despite inconsistent use.
It’s always tough being a veteran in a situation like this. Gordon, who spent the past three seasons in Detroit during a rebuilding project hasn’t made the playoffs since his last season with the Bulls in 2009. Gordon, known to be a highly competitive player, might be affected by the losing of the Bobcats and general use.