New Orleans Hornets Coach Monty Williams said he understands the root of shooting guard Eric Gordon's unhappiness. Gordon left Las Vegas on Saturday night after learning he was not going to be a member of the USA Olympic basketball team this summer, depriving Williams of a chance to speak with Gordon face to face — though the two spoke by telephone Saturday, Williams said.

"He had to get out of town. I think he's a bit frustrated," said Williams, who was in Las Vegas on Sunday to watch rookie Anthony Davis, who also did not make the Olympic roster. "You know, I've done it. I talked to (San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich) last night, and I brought up an instance where I kind of said some things I probably should not have said. I don't take it seriously. What Eric said is not who he is. It's unfortunate because people at home are pretty upset about it.