New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon underwent minor surgery last week because he said he had been dealing with painful bone spurs in his left ankle since the February All-Star break.

The Pelicans announced this past Friday that Gordon underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure to remove particles of scar tissue in his left ankle to alleviate pain. The procedure was performed by Dr. Richard Ferkel of the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles.

``My ankle bothered me everyday, even on days when I wasn't active,’’ Gordon said in an email response after he was contacted on Tuesday. ``I had a minor procedure done, because I have been dealing with bone spurs since the all-star break.I wanted to get the surgery done now so I can go into training camp at 100 percent healthy and be in top shape. ’’

Gordon missed the first 29 games this season because of a bone bruise and patella disorder in his right knee. In all, Gordon missed 40 games due to his right knee injury and team doctors imposed strict restrictions that held him out of the second game of back-to-back sets to avoid overworking his knee.

Those restrictions were not lifted until April 9-10 when he played back-to-back games against the Lakers and Sacramento Kings. Despite the missed time, Gordon finished as the team's leading scorer with a 17.0 average.