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Was This Fair?

By Alexa Steele  |  November 24, 2008; 9:41 AM ET
 
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This was stupid. Eddie Jordan is an excellent coach who did the best he possibly could with less-than-stellar talent. The lack of overall talent was exacerbated thus far this season without the services of Arenas and Haywood. Really a shame--the Wizards may as well mail in the rest of the season. Might as well just sit Arenas the entire year so his bum knee finally gets right.

Posted by: DarkHelmet1983 | November 24, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

This just goes to show you why the Wizards are one of the worst franchises in the league. It's only 11 games and they are without their best player in Gilbert. Although they are 1-10, they have not been blown out, they are just showing how much they miss a closer, like Gilbert!!

Posted by: litebrite77 | November 24, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I don't like this move. Jordan is a great coach who has never really had a full roster due to injuries while in DC. A coaching change isn't going to spark this team. Hello, top lottery pick.

Posted by: Eagle2X | November 24, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

As far as the tenure of head coaches in the NBA goes, Jordan had probably peaked. But it's a mystery to me as to what ownership and management were expecting. Jordan has essentially milked a chicken in getting this mediocre team--even with Arenas--to the playoffs consistently. Even if Greg Popovich or Jerry Sloan coached this group of posers they'd still be where they are. And Arenas is not the answer (no reference to "The Answer"), either. He'll never take a team to the finals.

Jordan will land with a team that has real talent and he'llcome back and truck the Wizards...with Arenas.

Posted by: anonymousnupe | November 24, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The pressure was great but was not fair in this case. Eddie would still be the coach if they beat the Knicks. The injuries to the key players are the obvious problems and all the teams (except the Knicks) were formidable. I respect the Wizards management, but it was too early to make a move like this.

Posted by: dick3 | November 24, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

This is just completely RIDICULOUS!!! This is why people become fans of players and not teams...

Posted by: onemikeclark | November 24, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Bad, bad move, from the perspectives of both the etam and the fans. Jordan is an excellent coach, who has never had a solid starting five to work with. Forget the "Big Three:" the team has never been solid at either center or point guard, the two most important positions. The team hasn't made solid personnel decisions since the days of Webber and Howard. Chalk these continuous failures up to management -- that's you, Abe.

Posted by: pltrgyst | November 24, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I'm beginning to think Gilbert sold them a bunch of goods about his knee. I think he's finished as a player, sadly.

Posted by: failsafe | November 24, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Here we go again!!! The Wizards (er Bullets) are at it again. You sign average talent at best. When they get injured lets fire the coach. You sign average players to big long term contracts. When that doesn't work, fire the coach. The cycle of ineptitude continues. Now how are you going to sell this to the season ticketholders. It's hard enough to get walk up sells. I guess then promotions will get interesting. Other NBA teams get better through smart moves, but not hte Wiz......

Posted by: kevinwms1 | November 24, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

500 coach, team won't play defense, 1-10 to start even without Gil and Haywood, good move to start over

Posted by: yodude1 | November 24, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm quite surprised. This may not have benn Grunfeld's decision though. Firings usually come from the owner. Abe Polin just wants to win. The decision lacks forsight. Eddie Jordan was an excellent coach and a class act. He can't go out an play defense for them. I wonder why they didn't wait for the team to be healthy. I also wonder if the Wiz will go after Jeff Van Gundy.

Thanks for all you've done for the franchise Eddie and I wish you the best of luck.

Posted by: Conservativemindsareinshackles | November 24, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

The Wizards lost to a team with 7 players. Nuff said.

Posted by: JohnnyU2Berry | November 24, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

The real question is who on earth allowed Mr. Pollin to sign a contract with Arenas for such an amount when there would be likely no teams in the NBA that would have made such a poor investment, we have all seen these types of players that get paid for being injured and come back ineffective. Coach and Mr. Pollin I think you both have been flim-flammed

Posted by: Attylaw | November 24, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Once again, the people voting (and commenting) here don't look like regulars. They're casual fans who don't watch day in and day out. Further, they're not shelling out big bucks to watch this team get punked in the first round every year.

The results are going to be skewed, but every serious Wizards fan I know wanted this to happen a long time ago.

Posted by: bryc3 | November 24, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

This was not a fair move, but it proved to be an absolute move as E. Jordan did not buy into the managements decisions personnel wise. Management has continually dealt E. Jordan a bad hand and he has managed to make it work. The Wizards are still a competitive team just suffer from management making investments in players who are hurt or don't fit into the current system (J. Dixon and D. Brown) Roger Mason contract probably equals both of theirs and he provided more than both of these players have thus far. E. Jordan got the better part of this deal because he will be bought out and will land on another team (Oklahoma Thunder maybe) that has YOUNG stars and a core that fits his system.

Posted by: youngexec43 | November 24, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

He had to go. The PRINCETON offense sucks. They dribble hand off above the 3pt line every play. They have 2 all stars on the team and young athletic ballers. EJ is not intense enough. Not in your face enough with the players. Nick Young should not be laughing when he turns it over. Stevenson should not think he's effing Kobe Bryant. Dude had to go. This team is much better than eddie jordan.

Posted by: mepalmeryoshi | November 24, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

The time for excuses is over! Other teams have injuries but find ways to scrap for wins (Spurs, Jazz and Bulls immediately come to mind).
Eddie never made changes to his offense, developed a trap unit with the athletic players off the bench or fostered confidence in younger backups when they needed extended burn. This is a good move in the long run because it will wake up the vets and perhaps be the beginning of McGuire, Blatche or Pech taking the next step with a different approach.

Posted by: elfreako | November 24, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

no not fair really - maybe the new coach can help get wins? doubt it.

Posted by: Woodbridge45 | November 24, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Well this is another reason why Abe Polin and all his so called know it all's need to retire and give the helm to someone who truly understands the game and the NBA league in 2008. That was the last straw for me, I will be hosting a Barn fire burning all Wizards jersey if anyone wants to attend.

Posted by: Redskinslova21 | November 24, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

the lack of effort by this team was astonishing...that falls on the coach. Defense was worst in NBA, and that's where you start; rebounding - bring Wes in to teach the entire team how to block out. Then in/out ball movement using McGee to create defensive movement and more open shots (which the Wiz aren't getting).

Posted by: sunnyman1 | November 24, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Eddie should have not been brought back this year to begin with. That being said Ernie is the one that messed up this team by doing nothing but drafting and crossing his fingers that all would stay healthy. Status quo is not going to work FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW. His bad decisions have finally caught up and now the team and fans must suffer. Ernie should have gone before Eddie!

Posted by: Shane67 | November 24, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

But if you have the young talent on the bench (Young, Dixon, and McGee). You need to start those guys!!!!

Posted by: Bigmon411 | November 24, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Two ways to look at this. First, the last time EJ had a healthy team, they had the best record on the East and he coached the all-star game. Second, whether this makes sense or not depends on who they bring in. If they bring in a re-tread or Abe Pollin favorite, it will have been ridiculous. If they can find someone (i.e. Jeff Van Gundy) who is proven winner, it might make sense. Might. My kneejerk reaction was that this was unfair because of injuries, but then I thought: Wait, they have NEVER played D for EJ, and he is supposedly an offensive coach, but their offense has been... offensive (unless you like undeveloped players, and an offense characterized by players standing around as the shot clock winds down, leading to a near-desperation three shot at the buzzer). So what, other than likability, did he really bring to the table?

Posted by: psdfx | November 24, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

This is sad day for Wizards fans. The true blame for the Wizards slow start lies at the top - Ernie Grunfield. Now that Eddie is gone, Ernie must accept accountability and begin to make real personnel moves besides signing has been ballers and injured free agents. Firing good coaches is not the answer. The East gets better while the Wizards get worse. Even if Gilbert and Brendan were injury-free, they would be only .500 at best. Let's face it DC, the Wizards don't have the talent to match up with Boston, Cleveland, Orlando, Miami, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Detroit, Toronto, New York, Charlotte, Indiana, Chicago or any other team in the East. Ernie--you better pull Susan O'Malley off the bench to come up with some exciting new promotions if you expect fans to fill the Verizon Center this year.

Posted by: JazzWords | November 24, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

This was not a complete surprise. I don't think EJ is the entire problem. I don't agree with some of his substitution patterns, but coaches coach and players play. The bottom line is that the players are not performing. EJ can't go out on the court and move guys where they need to be. The biggest problem with this team is the lack of defense. The two all star forwards are not good defenders. The all star oft-injured franchise player doesn't play defense.

There is a bad mix of talent on this team as it's currently constructed. Who's responsible for that? EG, not EJ. Eddie is the scapegoat. I didn't see 1-10 coming but this is where we are now. i don't foresee Eddie Tapscot doing a better job. I hope I'm wrong. Has he ever won on any level? I would have expected Mike O'Koren to get the interim job but maybe EG thinks he'd keep doing what EJ did.

The curse o' lez boulez is alive and well and will not die until Abe either sells the team or passes away.

Posted by: CapitalCitySports | November 24, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Short-sighted, totally "what have you done for me lately" decision! Nevermind that he made the Wiz respectable again - a consistent playoff team at that.

Coaches don't perform on the floor (or NOT perform, as the starters sans Butler and Jamison have done) - the players do.

Eddie - thanks for what you've done...hope you land somewhere that appreciates you and deals you a better hand!

Posted by: StillaSkinzFan | November 24, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Is Dan Snyder running THIS team too?!?! What a stupid move.

Posted by: Davo61 | November 24, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I guess it is the coach's fault when the GM signs players that can't and will not play. 'Zard's did Jordan a favor...now he doesn't have to watch nightly debacles and he still gets paid. This basketball franshise is fraught with ineptitude. Arenas has ability but is physically fragile and lacks moral courage. Tough to win when your "best player" is hurt....for years, and you do not have an inside presence, can will not play DEFENSE.

Eddie Jordan deserves much better than the Bullay.

Posted by: feldmamd | November 24, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I don't follow the NBA that much, just the bits and pieces I read in the WP sports section and a Wizards game or 2 a year, and I know that this was an un-fair move.

The coach was missing tons of talent due to injuries, and that too is the management's fault for paying Gilbert tons of money knowing his recent injury issues. Eddie Jordan's coaching the past few years was one of the only reason passive basketball fans like myself got more into the Wizards and started attending more and more games. It's going to take years to get back to where the Wizards were just last year.

Posted by: HokieDoke | November 24, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

First off, FAIR does not exist in sports. Get over it! The Consistent playoff failures, no rhyme or reason to his rotation. This injury bug got here when eddie did and he and Grunfield stood pact during the off season and resigned jamison already paying out of position and an injuried arenas and we are barely getting anything from the "Young Guns". If Roger Mason, Jr. and Brendan Haywood mean this much to this organization it is time to detonate. I'm just sorry it did not happen after the playoff lost to Cleveland.

Posted by: ptown31 | November 24, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Fair? I know it's not original, but who ever told you that life was fair? Was it fair? Of course not. Was it necessary? Absolutely.

Posted by: truke | November 24, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Great move. Wiz need a coach who emphasizes defense. Thanks coach for taking the Wiz to playoffs four years in a row but every year was the same story, up and down roller coaster. I think at 1-10, the entire season is going to be an uphill climb and it's a good time to start over. Go Wizards!

Posted by: harbirsingh | November 24, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Was this fair, absolutely NOT!!
The wizards have made numerous mistakes over the years but hiring Eddie Jordon as coach was not one of them. Just another of the bonehead moves by a club that is clearly running amuck. Gilbert Arenas was a former execellent player but he WAS NOT worth the money the Wizards paid him especially with his last couple of years injury wise. I feel sorry for Jamison as he re-signed on thinking the wizards could possibly be something. Not with the current ownership. Mr Polin has been a godsend for the DC area sports teams, but he is out of touch with today's players.

no trips to DC from Stafford County this year and probably many more to come!!!

Posted by: mrcox54 | November 24, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I hope Agent BIG FAT ZERO is happy that he contriubted greatly to this fiasco. Eddie did not deserve this.

Posted by: elsshoe | November 24, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

The decision to sign somebody with 3 knee operations in 17 months $111 million over 6 YEARS is the dumbest decision in the history of the NBA. Without it we could have been in the bidding for LeBron!

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | November 24, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Abe and Ernie give $100 million to a cripled primadona and Eddie takes the fall.I'm glad to see the Bullets are back to their bush league ways.

Posted by: ginnyandrick | November 24, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Eddie Jordan is too high class to be treated this way. He will be a winner someplace else. His one fault is that he could never get the team to play defense.

Eddie Tapscott is a very interim solution. When he took over coaching AU for Gary Williams, the program went way downhill. His schtick was to sit on a two-point lead early in the second half (before there was a shot clock), then turn the ball over and lose the game.

Season ticket holders should be PO'd and should demand a rebate or, at a minimum, a healthy credit towards renewing their tickets next year.

Posted by: ajlerner1 | November 24, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Define "fair." It is what it is. When a team fails to live up to expectations, changes need to be made. And it's easier to change coaches that it is to change players. The real question is: Will it make a differene? The answer is: No.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 24, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

It was destined to be a slow start to a mediocre year (at best), but 1-10?

Nah.

Posted by: lindaloulubbock | November 24, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but I see no alternative to this firing. The problems run too deep and have existed for too long. Some of the guys brought in have talent, but Jordan has not developed them -- that's on the coach. I also think he's started to lose the vets, particularly when the team cannot finish game after game. Something had to change, regardless of how the rest of the season goes.

I will say that a couple of years ago I argued with friends that the Wizards should trade Arenas for Garnett. Not sure it would have worked out $ wise, but I wonder where the team would be now if that had happened?

Posted by: teamn | November 24, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

It is not a question about is it fair; it is the price one pays for not winning in professional sports. Eddie can coach, he’s proven that when his team has been healthy in the past few years, but he was never Grundfield’s guy. Ernie buys the groceries and Eddie had to coach them: a team with three really good players and then a bunch of role players; not one who could defend, rebound or score from the block. I am amazed Eddie was able to make this team competitive given its lack of key ingredients over the past few years.

Posted by: howardsalter | November 24, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Far too many of the comments here are saying that Eddie was an excellent coach. Eddie was an excellent human being, but a mediocre coach who rode the coat tails of 3 All-Star caliber players (remember the 40+ minutes per game for Gilbert, Antawn, and Caron?).

Also, enough with the Gilbert bashing. Let's waiting until Gilbert is healthy and back on the floor before we evaluate the signing.

Posted by: agrazian | November 24, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

GM signed Gilbert knowing he was an extreme physical risk not to mention a player who did not fit the style of play that the coach and many of the key players wanted to play. And there you have it.

Why is that then the coach's fault?

So does that mean we know get an apologist for all things Gilbert? Don't get me wrong, Gilbert is a surperb player and equally superb representative of the Wizards organization .. but Gilbert does what he wants and that doesn't include things like defense or playing offense with a nod to the defense (run and gun when killing time might be nice). Also includes basically encouraging the team to lose so they can get a high draft pick next year. Yikes.

I wish Jordan and the Wizards the best but hate to think we're going to be 'just ok' for many years to come.

Posted by: tslats | November 24, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

"Far too many of the comments here are saying that Eddie was an excellent coach."

Exactly 3 people said that out of 40+ comments.

"Eddie was an excellent human being, but a mediocre coach who rode the coat tails of 3 All-Star caliber players (remember the 40+ minutes per game for Gilbert, Antawn, and Caron?)."

Yeah, because playing his best players a lots is a sure sign of a terrible coach. That must be why Popovich kept Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili chained to the bench all those years. Or how Phil Jackson managed to win all those titles in L.A. playing Shaq and Kobe just spot minutes.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 24, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I am very surprised by this move.

Eddie Jordan has always come across as classy and positive. He's done a great job the past couple of years.

He will get another job soon and do well.

Posted by: Pensfans | November 24, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I wish Eddie Jordan the best but he had it comming. Yeah when the team was healthy they were very good but the injuries have allowed us to see the glaring flaws that would keep us from ever advancing deep into the playoffs. The team has consistently year after year ran a one on one offense from the 3point line, left the 3point line unguarded and not played any defense. Changes had to come and since EJ could not make it happen on the court he had to go. Now if they could only get rid of Stevenson.

Posted by: Fontana1 | November 24, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

That is JUST WRONG...on all levels~
Jordan has been a tenacious and dedicated coach that has stuck with his TEAM thru the good and the bad. He brough unity to the wizrds and remained lyal irregardless of the records and stats.

The NBA should offer Coach JORDA his job back with $$$ increased Incentives and $$more MONEY~$$$$$$$$

Posted by: kj429 | November 24, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Let's be real here. Everyone wants to point the finger at a Coach or GM when a team struggles. The REAL blame should totally & 100% fall on the shoulders of the Players. The Wiz have no energy, no sense of urgency. I've watched the majority of there season thus far and noticed the same things. No one cares about rebounding, everyone once to be a jump shooter and defense is something foreign to this team. Yes, injuries play a huge part in this as well as some schemes by the coach, but you can't coach effort & desire! That's something you have to come to the table with and this bunch just doesn't have that. What needs to be done is hold the players accountable. If you don't want to rebound, cool. Sit right here on this bench! You don't want to play defense, park it right here young fella! That goes from your All Star (Gil, Caron, & Antwan) to your rooks. If I see DeShawn do that stupid hand wave in the face after he makes 1 more 3-pointer (after he's missed the last 6) I think I'm gonna choke him! I don't care if get Phil Jackson as a coach, if your players are not committed, then you're gonna be 1-10!

Posted by: kevin_jackson1 | November 24, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow, what a colossal mistake.

Posted by: Megskin | November 24, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

This is what happens when a lot of $$$$$ are involved. I'm sure Jordans a great guy but its time. Change is needed BAD.

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | November 24, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Quote: 500 coach, team won't play defense, 1-10 to start even without Gil and Haywood, good move to start over

Posted by: yodude1 | November 24, 2008 11:00 AM
End Quote

If you want to start over, fire the under performing players and get a good coach some players who will perform.

Posted by: qfrodo | November 24, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I will not attend any games for a long time. Eddie Jordan is a fantastic coach. No coach should be a fall guy for injuries.

Posted by: spinak52 | November 24, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

The wrong man was fired. The housecleaning has to start at the top. Until Les Boulez have ownership that's committed to winning - and to bringing in the players and coaches who will win - they're going to continue their 30 year record of mediocrity. Abe, you're a wonderful and you've done much good for the city, but you're not capable of doing what's necessary to have a winning franchise in today's NBA - and it's time for you to go off into a well-deserved retirement.

Posted by: BethesdaDad | November 24, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Lousy pre-season. Then lose to Nets, Bucks, then the Heat & Knicks twice! Eddie is a nice guy but did not have the team prepared . The defense Saturday against the Knicks was horrible. Songolia at center in the 4th qtr? The Wiz were on a disaster course! It just was not working.

Posted by: Stevie-J | November 24, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

The big mistake was resigning Arenas. I understand that he is a well-respected player in the NBA but he has not helped the Wizards by sitting on the bench and brining the team down. Why would you spend all the money for him to not contribute and then fire Jordan? Doesn't make sense. Even when Arenas is cleared to play, the Wiz will be well out of playoff contention, his teammates will be resentful, and player morale will be subzero. This wasn't Eddie's fault.

Posted by: raychelle24 | November 24, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Very poor decision by the Wizards

Posted by: deborahwaller | November 24, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I used to be a Wizards season ticket holder. That was, until I (like the rest of the world) figured out the franchise is a joke. It is not a curse. It's pathetic decision-making. Eddie Jordan was not the problem. It is a panic move by Polin and Grunfield and the Wizards will regret yet another poor decision. The players liked Jordan, respected him, and therefore played hard for him. The reality is that there is no fresh talent or debth on the Wizards team, players 1-10. Jamison is at the peak of his career, about to go over the hill of the Rebel Yell, Butler is a legit all-star, and Gilbert Arenas is a guy that's laughing his way to the bank on the bench. Did the front office not do their homework on that his knee? I find it funny that they gave him that money and then decided to let the general public know after the fact that he's going to be out half the year. A 3rd surgery in a year and a half? Hello, red flag. This team is pathetic, the decision-making is terrible and the floor is about to fall out. Juwan Howard, Ben Wallace, Chris Webber, Rip Hamilton, Jarvis Hayes, and a long list of others are laughing out loud right now. IT'S NOT THE COACH !!!Maybe Abe and Dan Snyder should take a sabbatical together. The Caps seem to be the only reputable franchise comitted to investing in the right people, with an eye for talent. Grunfield has been hanging out with Cerrato too much apparently.

Posted by: notworthit | November 24, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately the coach is usually the fall guy in these situations...however the real problem is Gilbert Arenas' contract vs. his production. EG should be on the hot seat.

Posted by: brisk1 | November 24, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

A teacher/coach can have all the knowledge in the world, but they must be able to impart it to their students/athletes with tangible results. Jordan knows basketball and is a fine man, no doubt. That does not make him a fine head coach, as his record this year and lifetime clearly shows. This conductor has no baton. A long overdue move.

Posted by: jmueller7 | November 24, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Boy, how we fans soon forget. I remember before 2003, before EG, EJ and GA. Do any of you? I remember them winning about 20 something games a year even with MJ on the floor. I remember when the only reason to even bother to watch a wizards game was because and old MJ was still playing. Remember the Mitch Richmond led wizards? Us fans are to full of our we want a championship team now or get rid of everyone mentality that we have lost appreciation for these same guys that we call to get rid of during these hard times were the very ones who took the wizards from 20 something wins and last place to playoff appearances the last 4 years. Just because you get rid of coaches, players and GM's does not mean you get better. Look at teams like Houston, they have had 3 different coaches this decade with none of them getting any further than the other, which includes Van Gundy the fans new sexy pick for coach. Sure he is a lot more feisty and emotional on the bench but that does not mean he can win any more games without his main players and the players he has being as inexperienced.

Posted by: gdavis4 | November 24, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

It was fair in that the coach bears the responsibility for the performance of the team. That said, there is plenty of blame to go around. There was no reason to pay Arenas all that money knowing full well he would miss half of the first season under that new contract. As much as I like Antawn Jamison, he would have been the guy who had to go. Last season was his only full season as a Wizard and we might have been able to find a more serviceable veteran. I think the team should be built around Caron. He's been the most steady of the core 3 guys over their time together.

Posted by: kwbinMD | November 24, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

What a SHAME -Fall Guy- Fall Guy.
If Eddie gets fired then Ernie should go too with him.
Everyone knows whats wrong with the Wiz. No Defense. This off season they did not even attempt to address this The same in the several off seasons since Ernie been here
Brendon Haywood had his best year as a pro last year. They still got bounced in the First Round.
Then they gave a Max Contract to a man who had a surgically repaired knee and only played 17 games last year. Rather than using some of that money to shore up the defense. Then they let Roger Mason go rather than putting up some money to keep the best player off the bench last year.
ALl the stiffs Ernie brought in have not panned out. Songalia Petrorov-- Daniels is always hurt Ethan had heart problems.
Blatche is not progressing as expected. Butler and Jamison are great players but they cant carry the load every night. Plus Jamison is not a defender. You must get some defense from the four spot.
Who will want to come here? Eddie Tapscott is not the answer.
If these bums will not play foe Eddie Jordan do you think they will play for The Lil General, Avery Johnson or Van Gundy ?
These guys are more demanding than Jordan.. Bad move Wiz Bad move.

Posted by: Carprin | November 24, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

This was the right move. Jordan's too much of a players coach (ie too easy on them). thats why they all love him. He had more than enough time to teach these guys defense and make them a better team, and it hasn't worked. and no young players have really developed under him. Time for change!

Posted by: WizNutz | November 24, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I hope Eddie gets hired by a play-off quality team and WINS the Championship! Polin said he wanted to win one more before he died or sold the team. Hmph.. He better break out the tapes from the '78 title team because thats the ONLY "glory" he'll feel from a championship!

Posted by: DCNative7 | November 24, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

What does firing everyone do if you cant get something better to replace it. Now that EJ is gone fans want to see EG fired. Then you will want GA traded but what do you replace these people who by the way are the most successful players coaches and GM's they have had the last 25 years. Had we not signed GA and the wizards were still 1-10 would we be saying the same thing for not signing him as soon as he came back and started playing well? And who would we have gotten? Iverson, Artest, who? What GM for EG? And what coach is going to make a 1-10 team missing its starting all star guard and starting center a winner? The answer cant be blaming personnel and striping down the team to start over. If you cant stand them losing with the team they have are you going to like it better with a bunch of inexperienced players? Thats called the Memphis Grizzlies.

Posted by: gdavis4 | November 24, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

WizNutz:

You sound like one of those people who reads about sports all the time and NEVER played. Fire the GM! he's the one that didn't make any serious moves the last couple of years. Philly got E. Brand, was he NOT on the radar?

Posted by: DCNative7 | November 24, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

why does everyone love Jordan? just because he grew up here? the guy is calling plays for Juan f'in Dixon at the end of games! Dixon wouldn't even be in the league if it weren't for the Wiz.

Posted by: WizNutz | November 24, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

DC Native - I played through college.

Posted by: WizNutz | November 24, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Fair? Probably not. Jordan was an OK coach. Nothing to write home about. But this team needs a roster shake up. I like a lot of the players but collectively they just ain't gettin' it done. Firing the coach is probably not the solution. Like it's going to get better with him gone. I would have let him finish this year, try to let his players rally around. If it's horrible at the end...major overhaul.

Posted by: PhilChenier | November 24, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

He was a good coach however after starting a season with a terrible record, he needs to be fired. If a team does well the coach gets praised and if a team loses, the coach is blamed. In the end, Eddie Jordan did not make the right decisions with players and he deserved it

Posted by: Mdruler93 | November 24, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Jordan was hurt by the injuries, but the team has underachieved despite the injuries. You change coaches and maybe some things improve. You stick with him and they keep losing and you won't be able to give tickets away.

Posted by: ken111 | November 24, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Now, I want Ernie Grunfeld's resignation letter on Pollin's desk or Pollin should fire him as well! The team hasn't improved over the last couple years (personnel wise) and that's the responsibility of the GM.

Posted by: pchau26 | November 24, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

It's not fair that Eddie Jordan is being blamed for current state of affairs. I'm not shocked he was fired because the coach is always the easiest and first person to be fired. Abe and Grunfield are not going to fire themselves! The big three of Gilbert, Antwaan and Butler are a nice group of players who can get you a winning season but are not ever as a threesome going to part of a championship even if everyone else is healthy. It was a huge mistake to sign Gilbert and Antwaan to those contracts last year. Abe and Grunfield are responsible for bringing players together and Eddie was responsible for ochestrating them. Abe and Ernie have failed in their part as well! For example, Roger Mason's departure was not Jordan's decision. It's not Jordan's fault that there is an absence of Wizard players who know or want to play defense, rebound, share the ball etc! Ernie is only kidding us and Abe if he is convinced that the Wizards will win a championship with the "big three" plus Haywood.

Posted by: kpniehaus | November 24, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Decisions like this explain why the winning jersey hanging in the Verizon Center is more than 30 years old. The decision was unfair and now the Bullets will go on to be even bigger losers.

Posted by: loved1 | November 24, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

It looks like Grunfield agrees with Agent Zero's bold theory of tanking the season in order have the best chance of drafting Tim Duncan next year. Sad and stupid move by the team.

Posted by: CJ23 | November 24, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

You have to be kiddin me, Eddie is only using what his GM provided , how many coaches in the NBA could win with that lineup ? 114Million for a worthless point
guard that cant even get on the court let alone win in the second round of the play-offs, Sick of this organization, they are LOSERS! Lebran King James to Gill " You know if you miss this foul shot I will go to the other end and win the game Gill"
Typical of this Organization , I will never spend another cent for tickets!
Buy Gill a Defensive coach since he never plays any D !

Posted by: rlomax67 | November 24, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

STOP WHINNING ABOUT INJURIES...

THE KNICKS BEAT US WITH JUST 7 PLAYERS

Great Move! on the Wizards part!.....

Eddie needed to go!...

The players weren't responding to him any more after 6 seasons...

I am from DC...I like Eddie...but he was not getting the job done anymore period!...

His rotation and substitution pattern was awful, and he couldn't coach'em up in the 4th quarter to win games....

do you notice how some coaches and teams win in the 4th quarter and we always lose in the 4th quarter?...

he sticks with jamison way too long...he plays too many minutes and misses too many shots with no defense....

daniels is a waste....(and he was starting before he got hurt)...

songalia is a bust...(sometimes he is the first sub off the bench)

if were are going to lose, then lets' lose by getting the young talent some experience and minutes...

(tough juice) caron butler, stevenson, dixon, & etan thomas, haywood are the only vets that need to stay and play .....

otherwise.....PLAY THE YOUNG GUYS!

oh by the way...let's get rid of Gil while we are at it!

DB

Posted by: docdwb | November 24, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Good coach, bad coach? Whatever! At least we got to the playoffs with him at the helm. DC hasn't been this competitive since the 70s.

I can't blame them for their decision now, but I probably would've given EJ one more full year with a healthy Arenas.

Posted by: wwc4g | November 24, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

One word for this....STUPID!

Ok, there is only 1 way to look at this in my opinion, the reason it was done was because Grunfield had to save his own butt!

He picked these guys to come back, Arenas...3 knee operations in one year on the same knee, Jamison, love him to death but he hasn't been the same as he was last year, A Daniels, injured all year, Haywood injured all year, C Butler playing well at times, but not consistent. Blatche, looks like he took a step back.


IMO Grunfield did this to save his own butt, and IMO it isnt' going to make a difference, I can't imagine the players listening to Tapscott at all, he isnt' even an assisant coach right now.

Posted by: avbanig | November 24, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

What in the world did they do that for? I had high respects for Eddie Jordan. He did more for this team then the last Jordan who was around. We were competitive...we seen them make the playoffs almost every year since they arrived. Of course this year was bad but Haywood goes down, Arenas (I just can't believe he'll be the same player) and you got a very, very youngbench. What did anyone expect? They've been competitive in just about most of the games. If you needed to make the move, I would have waited till after this season. What good does it serve you now to fire the coach? I just don't get it but that's sports these days.

Posted by: MCermeno | November 24, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I am sorry to see Eddie get fired, but it was time. There is no excuse for this team to be 1-10. I think he lost them and they weren't responding to him. This happens even with good coaches.

Jordan established that he can coach in the league and will get another chance. The NBA is no different than any other league and recycles coaches anyway.

Finally, I think they miss Brendon Haywood more than they know. Blache and the new kid don't scare anyone and Etan would drop a ball if you walk up and hand it to him.

Posted by: dwacpa | November 24, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I want my money back for all the future games. Abe is a moron and has no clue on how to run the franchise.

Posted by: dcparty | November 24, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Geography made this former Knicks fanatic a Bullets fan in '72. I've seen good and bad players coaches come and go. Generally, I've been pleased with Eddie Jordan, and I understand why Abe Pollin has been in his corner. I'm back here for the first time in ages because the idiot crew appears to have been struck momentarily dumb. So, three brief points before I disappear again. Best to the fans who signed in today.

First, Eddie Jordan will be working elsewhere soon. Second, because I'm convinced that's true, I'm wondering if "fired" or "fair" are really the operative words here. Third, never having seen Gilbert Arenas as the leader of the Big Three or anything else, I would be neither surprised nor upset to see a move made on that front soon. Fourth, the only sensible thing to do at this point is rebuild, which may mean that Mr. Pollin will finally give up the chase as well. Assuming Ted Leonsis can still afford the team, here's hoping he's learned some lessons from his previous venture.

Posted by: WilliamCarr | November 24, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

This is a good move. They needed a shake-up. Even with Arenas and Haywood out, this team should be better than their record.

Posted by: mike4par | November 24, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

The wazards have thee all star players. Butler, Jamison and Areans. We have three potential future ALL STARS Blache, who if coached rigth has Kevin Garnett potential. The BIG GUN Nick Young can score wiith the best of them in his second year and McGees talent speaks for itself.
The only reason the wizards are 1&10 is because EJ shifted players in and out with no rym or reason. has no defensive plan
and worst of all, lacked leadership.

We are not talented as Boston or LA but we do have the potential talent to be in the 4 or 5 spot come playoffs And if we get a real coach, be a conerference contintor within 3 years.

Its been a good year, Eddie and Bush are both GONE

Posted by: tdk31 | November 24, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

The coach is the first to go when a team's losing. In some cases, it's justified. In this case; it's a crime. Abe Pollin, et.al. built the Wizards around Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood. With those two players out; the Wizards can't beat some college teams. Successful teams have stars, role players and a deep bench. The Wizards, past Arenas, have none of the above. Sad, because they have potential. But no coach can do what they're hired to do unless they have the tools. In this case; it's like trying to paint the Mona Lisa with a roller. Eddie will land on his feet--and the Wizards will continue to lead a mediocre existence in the NBA. Memo to Abe Pollin: Once again--you gotta spend it to make it. You got lucky in '78. No one wants a winner more than the fans in DC. But it truly makes me wonder if anyone inside the offices at Verizon Center feels the same.

Posted by: shnewsman | November 24, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

How can anyone watch this team night in and night out and not think they've been underachieving for years?

I don't understand those who say: "it's all down to the players" -- if that's true, why do some coaches make the Hall of Fame and others the unemployment line? If year in and year out you look at the players and say "they're not playing their best" I think that's a big red warning light about the coach.

I wish EJ all the best, but I'm happy for a change.

Posted by: mik_smith1 | November 24, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

If Gilbert Arenas comes back, Wizards management will have the last laugh here. But if he doesn't, they will look like fools. That said, I'm not surprised by the firing. After losing to the Knicks, it just felt like something was about to give... one way or the other. And the most likely shake-up was to fire the coach. Yes, Eddie Jordan has done well. It was a fun ride, at times. But it is at least possible that we had reached the upper limit with Jordan as the coach. It is at least possible that we had reached the upper limit with this group while using the Princeton offense. It is at least possible that someone else can work better with the talent that the Wizards currently have. In all honesty, I wasn't too sure that Eddie Jordan didn't seem a little too comfortable losing the way they have. It felt like the right time to move on to me. I don't blame them for the firing... however nice or good Jordan is. He'll move on and do well again somewhere else, I'm sure. And the Wizards have a chance to shake things up and try a new path. Something to look forward to, even if it's all a little experimental.

Posted by: olavsmith | November 24, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Not fair to fire E. Jordan. Lack of talent and injured players. Fire the GM, a new coach wont help at this point.

Posted by: JohnHouseCampos | November 24, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Idiotic at best... should have given him to the All Star break at least...Jordan is a class guy and deserved better than this.

Posted by: skip_lunch | November 24, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Contrary to the 73% of peole who think otherwise, I think the franchise had little other choice than to part ways with Jordan. Fair? Should Pollin and co. have waited until after Thanksgiving, or how about after Christmas, or after the new year, or after Gil returns, or after the season, of after they polled the fans on what would be the most appropriate step and when to take it? Jordan was well compensated, and as a former player and coach who's been around the game for decades, he knows that results and putting fannies in the seats are the ultimate measuring stick. Besides, if you can't motivate your team to beat NY, which only had seven players in uniform, then whatever you are doing ain't working.

Can anyone say Avery Johnson?

Posted by: rukidding1 | November 24, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Fair? Absolutely not. Right thing to do?...probably.

This has nothing to do with Gilbert Arenas. Heck, the Wiz played great the last time he was out for a stretch. And last time I checked, Brendan Haywood wasn't the Big "O". It comes down to players, for whatever reason, playing totally uninspired basketball...and they have literally personified that term as of late. I like Eddie J.(fellow Archbishop Carroll alum) But it's part of the game he chose...and when it's time, it's time.

Posted by: tmcneil1 | November 24, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted earlier but after reading posts from those a bit more knowledgeable than me about basketball .. I can understand the point about the team not hearing him any longer. I also agree with many posters that he'll find a new home soon.

But, no matter what, we'll always have that great Eddie Jordan quote .. 'You've got to harvest your nuts right now, man.'

We'll always have that.

Posted by: tslats | November 24, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

As someone who has watched and followed almost every game in the last two years, I am so glad we did this. Eddie is nothing better than a lenient babysitter who knows how to get players to like him by letting them be their dumb immature selves.
Strategy wise hes a disgrace. His trapping defensive schemes are over matched by any decent backcourt, his Princeton offense is better suited for college ball, and his substitution patterns and late game strategy cry of total ineptitude. I by no means think we have the talent to make the NBA finals, but we do have the talent to be a playoff team, even w/out gil and brendad, if rightly coached. After Eddies riegn its time to find someone who gets in these guys faces, who puts a muzzle on Gilbert, benches Deshawn after his first fadeaway three, and makes sure Caron and Antwawn demand the ball down the clutch. Even more we need DEFENSE. Van Gundy is what we need!!!!

Posted by: iluvthebullets | November 24, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Firing the guy who only had one allstar on the team is crazy , you fire gilbert and save your money on some real talent ,gilbert was and still is the problem with this team , and management keeps letting him off the ropes , example he knew he need his knee fix but he goes to the olympic and tour overseas . he not a team guy never has never will . Wet. please !!!!!!!

Posted by: chasemo2 | November 24, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

What's so sad about Eddie Jordan being fired is that it's going to mess with JaVale McGee. McGee was developing because he bought into Jordan's "defense first" motto. Now, he'll have to deal with a whole other coach.

What would be nice is if we could get a strong offensive coach in here instead of Eddie Jordan. The problem with Jordan, in my mind, wasn't that he wasn't a good coach. He was an EXCELLENT coach. How many teams made the playoffs last year missing significant time from their top scorer from the year before? None, of course. The problem is that he zigged where the team zagged.

Put a guy like D'Antoni on this team, and they'd run, run, run all day long. That is, if Gilbert ever runs again.

Posted by: aaronweiner | November 24, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

This has to do with flashing light in a intersection , [RULE] THE INTERSECTION TURNS INTO A FOUR WAY STOP , PEOPLE LEARN THE RULES OF THE ROAD , BEFORE YOU KILL SOMEBODY . HAPPY THANKSGIVING .

Posted by: chasemo2 | November 24, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Stupid move. Jordan was by far the best coach this team has had in as many years that I have been following this team (25+ years). I am not sure what exactly management was looking for. After endless years of playoff drought, he was the first coach to make the team competitive and bring it to the playoffs. So, this was a bad year, but he had absolutely nothing to work with!! Who the heck are they going to get to come coach this perennial loser of a franchise now?!

Posted by: CNY-DC | November 24, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

there sucking in fans money so just make Wes the new coach don't worry about building a real team . and the GM should go to .

Posted by: chasemo2 | November 24, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

RIDICULOUS! The ownership (yes, you Abe!) should be fired, not Eddie Jordan. This is how losing franchises are made...

Posted by: thetruthinDC | November 24, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Jordan really seemed to have a lot of promise and a real knack for being able to communicate with the individuals on the team. And, of course he has mostly had a hobbled team to work with for years now-very frustrating. On the other hand, I agree with many that he could never get them to play defense-that seems clear. The guy that will always have a losing team is Pollin, who seems to hire players and coaches based on whether they have an enjoyable dinner at his house one night. Pollin's judgement is ludicrous. He should not be involved in professional sports.

Posted by: johnsont47 | November 24, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

The wizards misery started a long time ago when they became "The Wizards". Abe knuckled under to some sort of BS political correctness and removed the Bullets from Washington. This team should have stayed the bullets. The whole franchise lost respect because it didn't take much guts to keep the team name the Bullets. Instead, they killed the soul of the team and did the weak-kneed thing and named them "the wizards" (said with the nasally tone of Duke Coach K.). Why would anyone associate the nations capital with wizards anyway? Bullets sound tough --- street tough. Wizards sound -- limp wristed.

Eddie Jordan might not be the problem with the cheesy wiz but he had to go -- that's how it is in sports. If the team is not performing, the coach is almost always the first to go.

Posted by: nelmsmn | November 24, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

At the Wizards Heat game, Juan Dixon was playing great - every minute he was in the Wizards made up ground, until they were down by 2 with a couple minutes left. Then Eddie Jordan subs him for Nick Young, who misses a shot, throws a pass out of bounds, and travels brinign the ball up court. I say fire away.

Posted by: Fairfax11 | November 24, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Fairfax11

Yet when nick young was not playing fans were complaining that EJ was not playing him over other players. When you are having a bad year the coach always looks incompetent and the fans are always geniuses because they have the luxury of second guessing the coach after the fact. When you are losing the fans will second guess every move you make even if they are second guessing their own suggestions. Which one of you would have said the same thing if they did not sign Gilbert or Jamison and were currently 1-10. Had they fired EJ before the season started then went 1-10 with a new coach most of you would be chastising EG for firing EJ. If they got rid of GA went on to have a bad season and GA recovered back to All Star form with another team what would you fans say? Should have kept him. DC sports fans are a bunch of second guessing fantasy league minded think they know it all's who cant support your team unless it is already a winner. We dont need fans who can only stick with a team when it is 10-1 but sells their tickets when they are 1-10.

Posted by: gdavis4 | November 24, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

DC sports fans, please start rooting for the Celtics, Lakers, Spurs, Giants, Philies, Patriots, Redsox and Yankees and Jimmy Johnson as well. That way with your busy schedules and win now or we hate you attitudes you can always be assured that you are not wasting your precious time watching teams that are not already at championship form. You will always have a winner each season to cheer for. Sorry you have to be burdened with supporting local teams that are not always the best team in the league of their respective sports. Maybe the caps will have a good year but you may want to root for Detroit just to be sure you dont get let down.

Posted by: gdavis4 | November 24, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

It's too bad about Eddie. He did more for the Wizards than anyone else in the last 20 years, and that certainly includes MJ. Eddie took a terrible team--worse than that, abysmal--and built them into a playoff-competitive one. But somewhere along the line something stopped working. For the last 2-3 years I never saw the team as a whole progress to the next level, either with or without G&B. Eddie and his players kept insisting they were giving maximum effort on the court, but it wasn't translating into wins anymore. EJ was a good coach, but a consistently winning coach goes beyond merely demanding and expecting excellence. He is able to somehow inspire his team to take it to the next level even in the face of the kind of injury problems the Wizards have faced. Look at the Knicks yesterday; they're in the same leaky boat as the Wiz playerwise, maybe worse, but in spite of it they FOUND a way to get it done. And the Wiz didn't. It's a crying shame Eddie got fired, but basically I agree with it. He had his time in the sun but I sensed his effectiveness peaked about 3 years ago and headed south ever since. With so much of the deck stacked against him, the team and the org, I think he finally just ran out of luck, out of gas, out of answers, out of hope, out of a job. Real change is needed for the Wizards. Find someone who has the answers and knows how to make them work!!!

J

Posted by: JMitche1 | November 24, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Do you people watch the games. Forget everything else about the players and EG and who we have or don't have (As a matter of fact I remember most singing praises when Gil was resigned). We are getting out hustled. Other teams wanted it more, and it's not like we played Boston or LA. These were against teams we should beat (with 2 all stars on the roster). When you get out hustled it goes to the COACH not getting his team ready to play. Good luck to EJ and hope to see him soon but this needed to happen.

Posted by: jandlml | November 24, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

...well, you have to consider what the Caps did after they fired their head coach last year.

But then again Ovechkin wasn't on the DL.

You see this time and time again, good coaches just get tied up into knots with a team and the only way out of it is to cut ties. It's not really his fault, just a matter of overfamiliarity.

Posted by: dubya19391 | November 24, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Grunfeld & Mr. Pollin,

You should be ashamed Mr. Grunfeld, pinning all this on the Coach. Other posters on here is correct, someone had to go but it should of been you not Coach Jordan. What talent have you brought to this team in the last couple years? You brought Arenas, Stevenson & Butler here but that can only buy you so much time before we as fans ask what have you done for us lately?

Over the last few offseasons, we've heard over and over again like a broken record that "it's like we're getting couple new free agents - because Gil & whoever) is coming back from injury."

Mr. Pollin, you want a championship in DC just like all of us (the fans) but at this juncture do you think it's the wisest move to fire the HC? This season is gone with the interim HC. Next season the players will have to adjust and learn the new coach's game plan so next year is gone. This is what I call a back-door rebuilding project. You won't get any championships this way.

Posted by: pchau26 | November 24, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Abe Polin once again shows us why his franchise is one of the biggest losers in the history of the NBA.

I can remember what felt like decades where we NEVER got into the playoffs. Eddie Jordan took this losing franchise and sent us to the Playoffs four straight years!

I like the Princeton offense - I think it really plays to our players' strengths.

Granted, I didn't agree with all of Jordan's decisions (regarding who got play time and who didn't), but no coach is perfect.

Grunfeld made a huge miscalculation not to take Gil's injury into consideration and adjust his offer to Gil accordingly. Now our hands are tied from making any moves and we had to let Roger Mason get away because of it. And so, someone has to get blamed and Eddie Jordan is their chosen "fall guy".

I guess we'll have to wait another decade or two until we experience the thrill of the playoff like we have over the last four years.

Posted by: Independent11 | November 24, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Look at the past many years of picks in the draft. With the notable exception of Arenes, their picks have been terrible strategic choices. It always gives me flashbacks to the Bogues/Muresan 'growth chart' freak show of the past. Pony up the cash for top shelf players, and you'll have a top shelf team. Whomever is responsible for the past 10 years of draft picks should be fired.

Posted by: blackmask | November 24, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Several posters have questioned the right of some people to make judgments about this firing because they don't "look like regular posters". Some also said something to the effect that people who don't go to games shouldn't be posting.

Guess what? I haven't been to an NBA game in twenty-five years and wouldn't go to one if you sent a limo to my house and took me to the front door of the arena. The NBA is a joke with lazy overpaid punks demanding huge salaries and you fools are supporting it.

Posted by: MKadyman | November 24, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

There are way to many people giving EJ to much credit, this team hasn't played defense since day one even though EJ used defense in every other sentence. When the team gets crushed by a team with 8 available scrubs (Knicks) the coach has to take the blame and when the team regularly starts out each season badly it is expected. As for being in the playoffs each year, it is fine and dandy but making the playoffs shouldn't be the goal, actually getting somewhere in the playoffs should be something to accomplish. I am surprised it didn't happen sooner. Lets move on with life and let EG do his job.

Posted by: bigmalaka | November 24, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Eddie Jordan is one or the worst coaches in the NBA, right up there with P.J. Carlesimo. His firing was long overdue. Any team that hires Jordan in the future can count on losing more games than they win.

Posted by: Calhoun | November 24, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Thank Mr. Calhoun very well put!

Posted by: bigmalaka | November 24, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Good move. This year's wildly inconsistent
play, beating Utah then lose to the Knicks,
reminds me of last year's beating Boston
3x then losing to teams like the Warriors.
He is a career below .500 coach.

I think most fans who watch all the games
would not say he is a good coach.

Posted by: Bulletsfan | November 24, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz defensive scheme is lousy and while I like some things about Eddie he didn't seem very good at making personnel decisions during games. He often took them team when it was on a roll and made a substitution that sucked the energy right out of the team--or stuck with players who clearly weren't able to handle the player they were matched up against. Injuries notwithstanding, it was time for a change. And signing Arenas for the money they spent, particularly for a guy coming off a major knee injury, was just plain foolish. They will be cap-constrained for year because of that deal.

Posted by: davidmckittrick | November 24, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

All I know is that they better hire someone other than Tapscott as coach. He is no better than Eddie Jordan!

Posted by: JohnWWW | November 24, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I think most fans who watch all the games
would not say he is a good coach.

While most of the commentators who call the games and coaches who coach against him say otherwise. I know whose opinion I value more.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 25, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

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