When the New Orleans Pelicans convene Monday for the start of the 2013-14 season holding the team's annual media day that precedes Tuesday's opening of training camp it would be a welcomed relief if there are no unexpected surprises as there was a year ago.

Last October just minutes into the start of the final media day in New Orleans Hornets history the team was putting shooting guard Eric Gordon before the assembled throng to hear him say he had recently suffered "a setback" with his surgically repaired right knee it was sore and he'd be held out of practice for a while.

Gordon termed the issue "a little aggravation."

Turned out to be much more than that.

Of course we know it became a disheartening three-month saga of vagueness intrigue and ambiguity that essentially doomed any chance of a positive season for either the player or his team.

There's no need to rehash the disappointing scenario with the promise of a new season so bright.

Suffice to say let's hope all the drama this season plays out on the court not off.

Pelicans Coach Monty Williams his staff and the players at least deserve that.

Since Williams became the team's head coach in the summer of 2010 he has dealt with myriad distractions concerning disgruntled players ownership issues a lockout injuries and for some of his players unspeakable personal tragedies.