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Wizards to Pick Up Coach Eddie Jordan's Option

The Wizards will soon announce that the team will pick up the option on Coach Eddie Jordan's contract for the 2009-2010 season. Jordan, who signed an extension prior to the 2006-2007 season, would have been entering the final year of his deal.

The decision is an obvious indication that owner Abe Pollin and president Ernie Grunfeld were pleased with the coaching job Jordan and his staff did last season. As far as I know right now, Jordan's assistants have one year remaining on their deals.

More later.

By Ivan Carter  |  September 22, 2008; 5:38 PM ET
 
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thanks ivan for the news but i no the timetable for gilberts injury where you reported was for a least the frist month of the nba season. but i hear it could be till january or mid january so my question to you is do you think dee brown can be that good backup for ad that roger mason was last year or no way.

Posted by: brandon | September 22, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

"...do you think dee brown can be that good backup for ad that roger mason was last year or no way."

I can answer that for you...no way.

Roger Mason is a solid vet in the NBA now, Dee Brown hasn't played in he NBA in 2 years now?

Thanks for strapping the team Gil, and thanks EG for giving him that money to sit by his really cool pool. :(

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | September 22, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for strapping the team Gil, and thanks EG for giving him that money to sit by his really cool pool. :(

- Ray

Ray,
I don't think that can be pinned on EG, this was Abe's doing. Gil gave him the puss and boots eyes and the old man swooned.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | September 22, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Exercising EJ's option is great for EJ to get some more cash money, but it does nothing for long term security.

If they think he's the coach, then give him and his assistants some security. Otherwise, let the dude walk.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 22, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Oy vay.

Posted by: oddjob | September 23, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Ray, a year ago people were on here calling for Roger Mason's head. The guy was a bush league Bum that had to go all the way to Isreal to get a job in their book.

I'm not real impressed with Brown off of a short look in summer league. I'm one that would tend to bring Juan back to give us a veteran backup at both gaurd positions.

But at this point last year Mason was far from an established NBA vet. Maybe Brown will come in and surprise us all...

Posted by: GM | September 23, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

"The decision is an obvious indication that owner Abe Pollin and president Ernie Grunfeld were pleased with the coaching job Jordan and his staff did last season. As far as I know right now, Jordan's assistants have one year remaining on their deals."

Ha, ha, Ivan -- you are nothing if not consistent. You're already in mid-season form as far as tooting the horn of your boy Eddie Jordan.

Perhaps Ernie was indeed pleased with Jordan's job last season. If he were really pleased, he might have extended Jordan's deal even longer, or maybe picked up Jordan's option at the beginning of the summer.

But perhaps the reason Ernie exercised Jordan's option, just days before training camp began, is because he knew having a lame duck coach in the last year of his contract could disrupt the team (through the inevitable questions, players wondering about the future, etc.). I don't know if that's the case, and neither do you.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

For those who seem to forget, EJ did a great job with what he had last year. Lest we forget that our team was so decimated with injuries that the assistants had to practice with the players to floor a full squad. For the team to still have finished the season and made the playoffs was more than most thought would happen. EJ hands were tied and he did the best he could with the cards they were dealt. So, I say congrats EJ.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully I won't have to cut him deep!

Posted by: Prison Balls | September 23, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

If they didn't want Jordan back and were worried about his "lame duck" status "disrupting the team" then Grunfeld would have just fired him. Giving a guy an extra guaranteed year would be a pretty stupid move if they weren't planning on keeping him around.

It's funny how quick people are to label Pollin "cheap" when he doesn't spend money on the players they love, but they're only too willing to act like he'll happily piss money down a hole if doing so supports their pet hate of Jordan.

Posted by: kalorama | September 23, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

"For those who seem to forget, EJ did a great job with what he had last year. Lest we forget that our team was so decimated with injuries that the assistants had to practice with the players to floor a full squad. For the team to still have finished the season and made the playoffs was more than most thought would happen. EJ hands were tied and he did the best he could with the cards they were dealt. So, I say congrats EJ.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 9:37 AM "

Yes, EJ did a great job.

I'm sure EG agrees, since he signed him and his assistants to a lucrative extension.

Oh wait, he didn't.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 23, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

lol OWN3d

Posted by: prescrunk | September 24, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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