How Eric Gordon’s weight loss can be the key to a Rockets championship

Houston Rockets Eric Gordon (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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How Gordon’s Weight Loss Could Propel the Houston Rockets

The over four-month-long hiatus has given Eric Gordon plenty of time to recover from his injury and get back into great shape. Reports say that Gordon has dropped around 12 pounds, and is in the best basketball shape he’s been in since joining the Rockets.

The weight loss is beneficial to Gordon in many ways — the main positive being longevity. As Gordon ages, he needs to adjust his body in order to continue to be effective on the court. His weight loss allows him to get quicker, which is crucial, especially in the current small-ball system because of how important it is for the Rockets to get out on the fast break.

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The weight loss could also lead to Gordon being able to play longer. It allows Gordon to put less pressure on his knees, making him lighter on his feet. This could prevent future injuries as well as benefit him on the court as he can be an effective player for a longer period of time.

In tonight’s #RocketsClassic re-air, @TheofficialEG10 returns to the floor in just his second game since knee surgery.

Earlier tonight, Eric told me what it’s like to have surgery and return in the season & how he’s doing now – CG

— AT&T SportsNet SW (@ATTSportsNetSW) April 27, 2020

Gordon continues to work on his game through workouts sent to him and is still recovering from the surgery he underwent in November. Although he hasn’t been able to do actual basketball workouts with the team yet, Gordon looks like he is getting back into fantastic shape and is ready to play at his peak performance level come playoff time.

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