Monday , Oct , 13 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Ben Gordon’s Big Toe Causing Big Problems?

Given that new coach  Vinny Del Negro is employing new terminology and a new offensive system, how important is playing?

"It’s important," Gordon said. "But it’s also important to be healthy. And it’s not like I’m not paying attention in practice or in film sessions."

Gordon added that he hopes to return to practice Monday. He never lacks for confidence, and though he missed significant time last preseason, Gordon averaged 17.8 points in those first 12 regular-season games. But he shot just 36.2 percent as the entire team looked out of sync on offense.

"We haven’t really been able to get any sort of flow going thus far because of the injuries," Del Negro said."