76ers to Hire Ex-Wizards Coach Jordan

Both the Philadelphia Daily News and the Associated Press are reporting that Eddie Jordan, fired in November as Wizards coach, will take over the 76ers.

On first glance, it seems a good fit for a team which ended a first-round playoff loss against the Orlando Magic wondering if point guard Andre Miller or center Samuel Dalembert wanted to return. The team also struggled to get its big offseason free-agent signing, Elton Brand, acclimated. They fired coach Mo Cheeks and reverted to a running style suited to stars Andre Igoudala and Thaddeus Young under interim coach Tony DiLeo, who is returning to the front office, much like the Wizards' interim coach, Ed Tapscott.

It also seems a good fit for Jordan, a D.C. native who reportedly owns a home in Princeton, N.J., two places short drives along I-95 from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. Sacramento was also interested in Jordan, and he had ties to management there, but Jordan also worked for Sixers GM Ed Stefanski when both were in New Jersey.

Michael Lee points out that the Wizards, formerly on the hook for the $4 million they owed Jordan this season, will save some money ... precisely, the difference between $4 million and what the 76ers pay Jordan in Year 1.

By Keith McMillan |  May 29, 2009; 9:38 PM ET
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I was kind of hoping Jordan would end up in Philadelphia. At least for his sake.

In spite of the fact that the 76ers might become a huge thorn in our side now:)

Posted by: crs-one | May 29, 2009 10:22 PM

A much better situation than Sacramento. Good luck to Eddie.

Posted by: Joran | May 29, 2009 10:51 PM

YEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSS!! Good luck EJ, Hope you come back to DC and make sure the Sixer's stick it to Flip and the dumb azz GM (Grunfeld) you should have never been fired but when you have a GM with a personal agenda other than winning that's how it goes I will be rooting for you my man thought you were the best coach the Wizards have had in the last twenty years,good luck to you and your family.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 29, 2009 11:09 PM

I'm very happy for Eddie. I think the Philly job is in general a much better job than the Sacramento job and a much better fit for Eddie. Sacramento has a mediocre at best collection of young players, major cash flow issues, an uncertain future in Sacramento, and a lower than expected draft pick (although I would have no qualms about going to work for that management team and ownership group). Philadelphia has a great young core and Elton Brand. I think Young, Dalmbert and Miller (if he returns) will be great fits for Eddie and his system.


Overall, a great opportunity for someone who deserves it. Unfortunately I think it means one more team that will be dangerous in the East next season.

Posted by: ZachMorris | May 30, 2009 1:00 AM

I wish much success to EJ. He's a great person and coach. He deserves the very best life has to offer. What a classy guy!

Posted by: abootstrapper | May 30, 2009 2:07 AM

now Philly can suffer through the stupid Princeton offense and no defense that is the "Nice-Guy Eddie" way...

Posted by: sargeantmofo | May 30, 2009 4:41 AM

The irony here is that the Sixers have a playoff ready team. What would this say if they make the playoffs next year and the Wiz don't?

Good luck EJ, glad you stayed on the East Coast.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | May 30, 2009 7:49 AM

Good luck to ya, Eddie... Hope you can do more with Sam Dalembert than you did with Brendan Haywood!

Posted by: khrabb | May 30, 2009 8:23 AM

It is a great move for Eddie. The 76'ers have a good young,athletic, talented team.

Posted by: Bailey51 | May 30, 2009 9:11 AM

This is a more challenging job for EJ than Sacramento's, with higher expectation, since Sixers is already a playoff team and DiLeo had certain level of success. The key will be whether or not he can successfully blend Elton Brand with the rest of the team. We will see next season.

Posted by: sagaliba | May 30, 2009 11:29 AM

Wizards end up with a better record and higher seed than the Sixers. Easy!

Posted by: rphilli721 | May 30, 2009 4:48 PM

No surprise. Jordan is a very fine coach. He also is principled in that he would not go along with Grunfeld's plan to tank the season. They got Tapscott to do it on an interim basis. Cheaters never prosper. Let's hope that holds true.

Posted by: hz9604 | May 31, 2009 8:41 AM

He also is principled in that he would not go along with Grunfeld's plan to tank the season.

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So EJ was fired because he carried out Grunfeld's plan to start the season at 1-10? Genius!

Posted by: sagaliba | May 31, 2009 10:28 AM

1-10 does not get a HIGH quality coach fired after 4 straight playoff appearances and missing 2 big players. Something does not add up. I say Grunfeld tanked the season and Jordan would not go along with it.

Posted by: hz9604 | May 31, 2009 1:01 PM

Oh thank god - Good for Eddie - what a saint - what a good man - thank the lord...

Blah, blah. You'd think Eddie Jordan cured cancer in DC, rather than simply winning around 42 games year with a 50 win team.

To hz9604, no one has EVER called Jordan a "HIGH quality coach." He underacheived here for 4 years.

Did you ever wonder why our offense had to be 5 times more complicated than anyone else's - and yet STILL we had poor ball movement and STILL struggled to score despite having only scorers on the roster? Plus we never played any defense - even though teams with similar poor defensive pedegrees learn to play defense each year (Boston in 08, Chicago under Skiles, etc). Plus, EJ likely ruined the careers of Haywood and Blatche by messing with their heads so much - in the doghouse, not in the doghouse, etc, etc.

Oh but thank the lord, what a good man.

Posted by: Urnesto | May 31, 2009 3:08 PM

So you think Arenas is going to play defense for Saunders? The $100 million dollar man? Think again.

Posted by: hz9604 | May 31, 2009 5:25 PM

"1-10 does not get a HIGH quality coach fired after 4 straight playoff appearances and missing 2 big players. "

It does when the GM and coach had never been on the same page and the GM was looking to make a change pretty much from the moment he took the job.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 31, 2009 9:52 PM

Urnesto: "You'd think Eddie Jordan cured cancer in DC, rather than simply winning around 42 games year with a 50 win team."

Hard to argue or agree, since there's absolutely no evidence offered.

"no one has EVER called Jordan a "HIGH quality coach." He underacheived here for 4 years."

Hard to think of Jordan as anything BUT a quality coach, based on his record here.

"Did you ever wonder why our offense had to be 5 times more complicated than anyone else's - and yet STILL we had poor ball movement and STILL struggled to score despite having only scorers on the roster?"

OK, that's just dumb. The Wiz under Jordan were an effective offensive club. The knock on them was twofold: first, they didn't play consistent defense, and second, they couldn't get past the Cavs in the playoffs.

"...teams with similar poor defensive pedegrees learn to play defense each year (Boston in 08, Chicago under Skiles, etc)."

You neglect to mention the key to Boston's turnaround -- bringing in Kevin Garnett and James Foley, among the league's best defenders, and giving Rajon Rondo, a strong defender, the job at the point. I suspect if you traded Jamison for Garnett and Blatche for Foley, and put somebody like Ricky Rubio at the point, the Wiz' team defense would improve markedly. So why doh't you engineer those trades and then we'll talk?

"EJ likely ruined the careers of Haywood and Blatche by messing with their heads so much.."

Brendan seems to have played well when he wasn't hurt, and how was that possible if Jordan had 'ruined' him?

Blatche, on the other hand, is his own worst enemy. He's big and reasonably quick and above average in terms of skills. But he's also maddeningly inconsistent. Let's hope he does better under Saunders.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 1, 2009 9:12 AM

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