Eric Gordon at the LA Sports Awards
Sean Nami, March 7, 2011

Eric Gordon has already filled his third NBA season with an abundance of highlight plays, league-leading statistics and growing recognition as one of the best guards in the game. The cherry on top for Gordon’s amazing year had to be when he received an LA SPORTS AWARD on February 24th for the 2010 Greatest Moments. Gordon was honored for his time with Team USA this summer while winning the gold medal at the FIBA Basketball World Championships in Turkey.

“I can’t really compare this year to any other year,” Gordon said while holding his crystal award. “I’ve had big years like this when I was in high school but this is obviously on a totally different level, a whole different game. This has definitely been the most exciting year of my young career.”

The Clipper guard was representing one of the 10 moments that won an award that night. Honored alongside Gordon were the likes of UCLA legendary coach John Wooden, Landon Donovan and Dr. Jerry Buss. Lakers play-by-play announcer, Joel Meyers, introduced Gordon to the stage to receive the award, and it was clearly evident that Gordon was grateful to still be recognized for his actions six months ago.

“This has been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my career,” Gordon told the audience while accepting the award. “I remember watching all the Olympic teams and the World Championship teams since I was a kid, and I’ve always wanted to be a part of it. It’s been a really enjoyable moment to play with guys like Lamar Odom and Chauncey Billups and all the older guys you look up to when you’re a kid,” Gordon said as the crowd chuckled.

“I’m going to tell granddad Lamar when I see him,” Meyers deadpanned, drawing laughter from the audience and Gordon himself.

From there, Gordon was led backstage as he stood proudly with his award in front of a backdrop while the photographer went to work. With a large grin on his face, it seemed as if Gordon transformed back onto that podium in Turkey with the gold medal around his neck. Yet, with all the constant acknowledgment he still continues to receive for his contribution for Team USA, Gordon says he never saw it coming.

“No, I didn’t think I would be getting this type of recognition [for Team USA] but you never know,” a humbled Gordon said. “But it was obviously very difficult and real tough to make that USA team, so I appreciate it a lot more. It was great to be a part of such a team with that many All-Star caliber guys.”

The night marked yet another positive signal for the Clippers in a year with more optimistic indicators than anyone could have imagined. There have been all types of honors going towards Gordon’s way throughout the year, and there’s also been his dominating play on the floor this season, turning him into a household name. With the help of another national star in Blake Griffin, the city of Los Angeles has been talking Clipper basketball throughout the season.

So what does all this commotion mean for the Los Angeles Clippers?

“It definitely means something,” said Gordon. “This just shows how much of an up-and-coming team we are for the future.”

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