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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