Flanked by a couple of team personnel New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon walked into the brand new gym at the team's Metairie training facility on Monday sporting a freshly trimmed haircut and a smile that appeared to almost stretch ear to ear.

For the often injured and a much-maligned Gordon whose loyalties to the organization have been questioned by the fan base if not the team's management this is a new day.

Gordon who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle in May after missing the first two months of last season while recovering from a right knee injury and being limited in his playing time upon his return deemed himself healthy and ready to go for the start of the training camp of Tuesday.

"Yeah this is the first time that I have felt very good in about two years for sure since I have been here" Gordon said on Monday at the Pelicans' media day. "Since I have been here I have been injured here and there and had surgeries each year. So it's the first time that I have been pretty healthy since I have been here."

Since having ankle surgery at the end of last season Gordon who has played in just 51 games the past two seasons in New Orleans following his trade from the Los Angeles Clippers in 2011 has been rehabbing both his bothersome knee and his ankle.