Theoretically, the introductory press conference for a traded player should be a joyous moment. The team is stoked to have acquired the player, having turned the page on their past and seeking to get better. The player is getting a chance to start over, to remake himself on his new team. The fans can enjoy their favorite team making a move before anything bad can happen. It should be great.

But if you’re Ben Gordon, apparently, you’re not happy. At least judging by these five pictures, which are the only ones available in the extensive Getty Images database. He’s not all those Clippers being traded to the Hornets, but he’s also not Johnny Smiles O’Face. But look at this guy, not getting super smiley about being a Bobcat, despite the fact Charlotte has won three more games than Detroit since Gordon left the Bulls because Detroit was a situation “where winning is the number one priority.” You’d think he’d be pumped to go to a team that wins more, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Wonder if it has to do with those seven wins last season.

Whatever the case, let’s look at this face and try to figure out what is running through Ben Gordon’s head.

“OK, I’m a Bobcat. I am a Charlotte Bobcat. I now play for the Charlotte Bobcats. I am seriously a member of the Charlotte Bobcats who won 10 percent of their games last year, even though I was on the Bulls four seasons ago and they have won so many games since I left. I’m sure that has nothing to do with it, but I am definitely a Bobcat.”

” Am I happy to be Bobcat? Good question. I am happy to not be a Piston, but being happy to be a Bobcat is a whole different story.”

“The jerseys really just say CATS? That’s kind of funny. I like cats.”

“Nope. Not smiling.”

Comments (17)

  1. Want to know more about how Ben Gordon fits on the Bobcats, despite his obvious indifference? Check out http://www.hustlestats.com/2012/06/gordon-joins-jordan-maggette-to-motor.html

  2. Well… at least he’ll get to play with Anthony Dav….. Ohh. Right.

  3. “even though I was on the Bulls four seasons ago and they have won so many games since I left. I’m sure that has nothing to do with it, but I am definitely a Bobcat.”

    I don’t think the bulls wins have anything to do with gordon’s departure. In fact the season without gordon, was the worst offensive season by far. We had the kirk hinrich special, every fucking night, hinrich shot 3-11. Fucking amazing! Yeup, our terrible offense didn’t have anything to do with gordon’s departure.

    if anything, the bulls won, because rose became a golden god.

  4. C’mon. Are you serious? This is how you interpret is facial expressions. Here’s a bit of an observation for ya: Ben Gordon seldom has an expressive face/demeanor. He’s facial expressions are monotone at best. Reading into these pictures and concluding that he’s non too pleased to join the Bobcats is simply an assumption.

    Also, how can you state that “You’d think he’d be pumped to go to a team that wins more, but that doesn’t seem to be the case”? Winning three more games over a span of four years does not really warrant the argument that he SHOULD want to go to the Bobcats.

    All that said, Gordon might not be thrilled to join the Bobcats but your analysis of his facial expressions from these pictures as determining his displeasure with the trade is lazy.

  5. Hey, another post riffing on how bad the Bobcats are! If only this would have included the line that MJ was the greatest player ever, but the worst general manager! Here’s some smiles for you: http://www.nba.com/bobcats/video/2012/06/29/120629gordononeononem4v-2142230

  6. After he left the Bulls and stopped taking all the shots it gave drose a chance to grow. I think this was a pretty even trade but there are winners & losers.

    Winners: Bobcats (getting a decent shooter that would never go to cats, a pick ) Pistons (Cutting money off the cap later)

    Losers: Poor Ben Gordon, He’ll have to endure so much losing

    Oh, and Trey Kerby is a funny dude, no doubt about it.

    Who Cares: Corey Magette

  7. He looks like meta artest

  8. I MISS YOU BEEENN! YOU ALMOST MAKE ME FORGET ABOUT TACOS!!

    love,
    a bulls fan

  9. If only he was in Chicago. Him and Rose? We’d have the All-Stoneface Team award locked up.

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