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Jordan To Meet With Kings In Las Vegas

Former Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan told me today that he plans on meeting with Kings owners Gavin and Joe Maloof and President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie in Las Vegas on Tuesday and Wednesday. Jordan has long been considered the favorite to become the next coach of the Kings, who fired interim coach Kenny Natt last month and finished an NBA-worst 17-65 this season.

The Kings have the greatest chance of winning the top pick in NBA draft lottery next week, but Jordan said he is "very interested" in having a reunion in Sacramento, especially with his past relationship with Petrie, who ran the basketball operations when Jordan went 33-64 in 1 ½ seasons in the late 1990s. Former owner Jim Thomas fired Jordan in August 1998.

Rick Adelman replaced Jordan and led Sacramento to eight consecutive playoff appearances, including a trip to the conference finals in 2002. The Kings are looking for their fourth coach since firing Adelman in 2006. Since then, they have missed the playoffs in each of the past three seasons with Eric Musselman, Reggie Theus and Natt.

Jordan won 197 games and made four playoff appearances in 5 ½ seasons with the Wizards. He was fired in November after the Wizards started the season 1-10 without Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood.

A league source said that Jordan has also drawn interest from Philadelphia, which announced on Monday that interim coach Tony DiLeo would not return after taking the 76ers to the playoffs this season. Philadelphia General Manager Ed Stefanski worked with Jordan for five seasons in New Jersey, where the Nets made back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.

By Michael Lee  |  May 11, 2009; 7:20 PM ET
 
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Comments

Tony DiLeo doesn't want the Philly job? That's a surprise.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 11, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I just read a comment on the other thread saying Nick Young was better than Kevin Martin. That has got to be up there as the most ridiculous comment of the year.

Posted by: twigmuffin | May 11, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Yo Mike, who is Flip hiring for his assistants

Posted by: brandonjamal13 | May 11, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

There have been dozens if not hundreds of NBA players over the years that could do what Nick Young does. Most of them never amounted to much, and at this point neither will Young.

Posted by: uptownjive | May 11, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

If Jordan is hired by another NBA team this year, do you think he'll ask the GM to pursue any current Wizards' players? I wonder if it is feasible that Jordan would want to bring some of "his" guys over that know his system and are supportive of him? If so, who are the players that Eddie would want most on his roster? Obviously it takes two to tango, but I'm wondering if his hiring would open a potential door for the Wizards to make some trades if it is in their favor.

Posted by: humen8r | May 12, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Jordan really wants Philly and if EJ passes another NBA retread coach in Paul Westphal will get the job.

Posted by: jeremydvid | May 12, 2009 2:37 AM | Report abuse

Just FMI, does anybody know why DiLeo didn't keep that job in Philly?

Posted by: Samson151 | May 12, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

"If Jordan is hired by another NBA team this year, do you think he'll ask the GM to pursue any current Wizards' players?"

Yeah, I hope he would trade for Etan. LOL

Posted by: sagaliba | May 12, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

"I just read a comment on the other thread saying Nick Young was better than Kevin Martin."

It wasn't me, but are they really that dissimilar? Martin's better at it.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 12, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

"Just FMI, does anybody know why DiLeo didn't keep that job in Philly?"

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4159379

Apparently he just wasn't interested in a full-time coaching gig and preferred life in the front office. Coaching is demanding, stressful job that doesn't necessarily suit everyone's temperament.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 12, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

EJ is still getting paid by Abe. He should wait for a better opportunity. Chicago could come open during the season, Phoenix maybe? The Kings are horrid.

Posted by: Henchlow | May 12, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Don't see any reason why Chicago would be looking to get rid of Del Negro. After a rocky start, he did a solid job down the stretch. Phoenix has already given the permanent gig to Gentry.

The basic reality is that good teams on the upswing generally don't fire their coaches, so any open coaching job is going to be one with some challenges to overcome.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 12, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

There have been dozens if not hundreds of NBA players over the years that could do what Nick Young does. Most of them never amounted to much, and at this point neither will Young.

Posted by: uptownjive | May 11, 2009 9:47 PM

a couple seasons ago jr smith was nick young. he had a jump shot a lil handle and explosive hops. he was/still kinda is a head case. he just didn't get it. i don't know what did it, whether it was the move to denver or melo's newfound maturity or the chauncey influence but jr has seemed to turn his career around and is now a major contributor on the new favorite in the west. i think nick can make the jump with gil there and a new hc .i also have to say this, jr was criticized by b scott with the hornets,but i never heard a teamate/leader take shots at him the way aj shoots at the young fellas. The whole team needs to grow up and become accountable.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | May 12, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"i don't know what did it, whether it was the move to denver or melo's newfound maturity or the chauncey influence but jr has seemed to turn his career around and is now a major contributor on the new favorite in the west."

I know what did it:

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=090511/billups

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 12, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

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