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Shooting for, and Scoring, Fond Farewells

Charrisse Jordan dancing at Saturday's party for her husband. (Roxanne Roberts)

If you gotta go, why not go with a smile on your face?

Former Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan and his wife, Charrisse, hosted a goodbye party Saturday night, their last blast before Eddie heads up to Philly to coach the 76ers. The mood was both bittersweet and expansive as 150 friends and neighbors came by "Jordan Arena" -- their sprawling Potomac home -- for a final hug.

After five years as coach of the Wizards, Jordan was abruptly let go last November after a 1-10 season start. No worries: In May, Philadelphia hired him for a multi-year deal for a reported $8 million. Perfect time for a party!

"We have a lot of great relationships in Washington," Charrisse told us. "The way things ended, there was no closure. It's a celebration of friendship."

Eddie Jordan coaching a Wizards game in April, 2008. (AP/Nick Wass)

Invitations for the backyard reception looked like a 76ers game ticket. Dress code was "pool casual" -- the hostess wore gold flip-flops and diamonds, her husband a hot pink polo and ginormous All-Star ring, and WPGC's Donnie Simpson sported an electric blue shirt and matching Crocs. "I wear Crocs every day," he explained. "These are my dress Crocs."

The poolside bar was three-deep as the family's two Maltese, Prada and Louis (as in "Vuitton"), slipped through the crowd. The upbeat Jordans posed for souvenir pictures with everyone; guests included lots of doctors and dentists (we are talking Potomac, folks) and Ed Tapscott, who briefly filled Jordan's job -- but no Wizards players, who apparently dispersed far and wide at season's end.

The Jordans are buying a house in the Philadelphia area, but keeping their place here for now. Hard to leave? "It's the nature of the business," Eddie said. "You don't really think about it. You try to do your best on a daily basis, then make it last 20 years."

By The Reliable Source  |  June 29, 2009; 1:04 AM ET
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