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Charlotte Bobcats guard Ben Gordon says he’ll be fine for opener

By Rick Bonnell
rbonnell@charlotteobserver.com
76ers Bobcats Basketball
Chuck Burton - AP
Charlotte Bobcats guard Ben Gordon (8) drives to the basket against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Charlotte on Oct. 17. Gordon was back at practice Tuesday after a “maintenance” procedure on his right knee, and says he will be ready for the team’s regular-season opener.

Charlotte Bobcats guard Ben Gordon was back at practice Tuesday after spending the weekend in Phoenix having what he called a “maintenance” procedure done on his right knee.

Gordon played one-on-one after practice against Bobcats rookie James Southerland and expects to be fine for the Oct. 30 season-opener against the Rockets in Houston.

“By game night? Yeah, definitely,” Gordon said. “It usually takes about a week for the swelling to go down. I’ll do a little more each day without overdoing it.”

Gordon indicated he had PRP therapy, in which blood is drawn from the patient, then injected into an injured area of the body. The PRP (platelet-rich plasma) promotes healing. Sometimes doctors add a lubricant to the PRP injection.

Gordon said this isn’t the first time he’s had this procedure

“Like many athletes, or people with a little bit of wear-and-tear, it’s just something to make you feel a little better,” said Gordon, entering his 10th NBA regular season. “PRP is kind of new – to take your own blood and put it back. And if you need a little lubricant, they do that, too, for a little cushion.

“It’s pretty basic: Get it done now, so it wouldn’t affect me during the season. Mostly a precautionary thing. I’ll be fine.”

Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said Saturday he didn’t expect Gordon to play in either of the remaining two exhibitions, Thursday at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers or Friday in New York against the Knicks.

Rick Bonnell: (704) 358-5129; Twitter: @rick_bonnell
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