Eddie Jordan Stays Cool on NBA TV
You probably missed it live if you, like me, watched the Washington Wizards' 27th loss of the season on Wednesday against Toronto. But two nights ago, former Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan was on "Game Time Live" on NBA TV with Ernie Johnson and Eric Snow. Jordan didn't say anything earth-shattering about how his tenure in Washington ended, didn't come out guns-blazing, but he looked to be in pretty good spirits. He sounds like he misses the game, although he probably is relieved that he doesn't have to endure coaching the Wizards this season.
You can click here to watch the opening discussion, where Johnson asked Jordan about why he was fired after starting the year 1-10.
ERNIE JOHNSON: We were all kind of taken aback when you were let go by the Wizards earlier this season. It was a slow start, but again, you look at no Gilbert Arenas, no Brendan Haywood. You're like, with that roster, I don't know where you're going to go. And you had taken the team to the playoffs four straight years. How did you reconcile all of that earlier this season?
EDDIE JORDAN: I thought we played pretty well without Gil the last two years. Our backcourt was solid. Our two all-star forwards were fine. I thought losing Brendan Haywood was really, really big for us, because he had a career year last year. He defended the paint for us and our two guards, Antonio Daniels and DeShawn Stevenson, were really moving the ball and ran the offense for us. Our defense improved, thanks a lot to Randy Ayers. Then this year, we just had so many injuries with Antonio and DeShawn, as you see now, he's missing some time. And losing Brendan ...
JOHNSON: Are you looking forward to talking basketball, do you try to avoid basketball, do you watch basketball every night? What do you do when you're in a situation like this?
JORDAN: I watch games every night. It's exciting. It's fun. You learn a lot. I pull for all the teams to win even though it just can't happen.
Jordan later broke down the Princeton offense. Snow, the former point guard who spent time in Seattle, Philadelphia and Cleveland, sounded like he really admired and respected Jordan. Since Snow has expressed his desire to sit behind the bench, maybe he was angling to join Jordan's next staff, when and wherever that may be.
Snow said the Wizards were always difficult to prepare for on offense because players were always moving. He also talked about the deceptive ways Jordan called plays, either by wiping his head or coughing.
"He's got the best signals," Snow said.
Jordan patted himself and said, "Baseball coach."
Snow said Jordan always tried to confuse him with his play calling and he said he never knew what was coming.
"And, all of sudden, it's a hit and run," Johnson said.
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