76ers to Hire Ex-Wizards Coach Jordan
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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