The team just came out for another round of warm-ups, and Gordon straggled onto the court between A.J. Ratliff and Armon Bassett. He’s wearing his team garb, though. And not warming up.
My sources are still saying he won’t play.
Let us continue the minute-by-minute account of what Eric Gordon is not doing with this update: he did not stretch with the rest of the team when strength coach Jeff Watkinson led them through the traditional pre-game routine about 35 minutes prior to tip.
The clock here reads 27:30 as I read this. So far there’s been very little evidence to suggest that he’ll be on the floor when it reads 2o:00 and the first half begins.
Most of Indiana’s players have taken the floor for some sort of warm-up by now.
Eric Gordon, a player notorious for being out early to get some shots up, has not been on the floor yet.
Which could mean nothing more than he’s still receiving treatment on his bruised back.
Looks like the comment below is right on: the entire team is out on the floor right now, except for Gordon and Bassett.
Armon Bassett, rumored on the message boards to be suspended starting today, is here in Assembly Hall.
Unlike his teammates, he is sitting on the sideline wearing a tie right now.
He said he will not play today.
As the team he helped assemble and once coached prepared for its biggest game of the year so far, Rob Senderoff was teaching 9-year-olds how to dribble the ball between their legs.
He was in his element.
Senderoff, the Indiana assistant who took the fall for the recruiting violations and was forced to resign in October, held a clinic at the Bloomington SportsPlex. About 20 boys showed up for the session, which was scheduled to last two and a half hours. He began the camp with basic ball skills and progressed to shooting form before I had to leave. Lots of basics, lots of fundamentals and attention to detail.
For Senderoff, this is a sort of self atonement. Privately, he has admitted to making some mistakes that led to the impermissible phone calls. But no assistant has ever been punished as harshly for secondary violations as Senderoff was, which pretty much every national basketball columnist in the country wrote at the time.
Anyway, Senderoff wants to leave Bloomington on good terms. He, his wife and his daughter are moving back to the New York area. Senderoff will begin working for the Hoop Group, which runs camps and tournaments on the East Coast. The Sederoffs are expecting another child in March.
Right now, I’m putting it down as a 50-50 proposition. Not because that way my bases are covered, but because several good sources are saying that he won’t.
Even though Kelvin Sampson said he thought that the star freshman would play.
Sampson mislead the media about the status of his best player before a big game? No!
No coach would do that.
The women’s team is practicing now, so there’s nobody out there shooting around.
Surely, Gordon is — best case scenario — a game-day decision.