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Eddie Jordan's Reflections On Wizards

Ha, ha. I'll see the Wizards at least three times a season. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

I know this is a little bit late, but I happened to scroll over Eddie Jordan's transcript from his press conference introducing him as the new coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. Jordan was asked questions specifically about what happened in Washington and I thought I should pass them along.

On what he learned from a poor start and the past year at Washington: You have to be realistic about your team. With our best player out and missing a lot of time, with the veterans that we had squeezing everything out of them during the playoff series the year before and with a really young team your expectations have to change and that didn't happen. That's what I learned and that you have to be on the same page as a coaching staff and as a front office staff that these are our expectations and because we see it, it's realistic. Don't throw anything out there for the public and the media just to be attractive. It's important to be realistic, and in Washington I found out that it wasn't and I knew it wasn't and I knew it was here.

On what he might have been missing in Washington: We always were a little bit deficient on the defensive end. In my book, and others, you have to have personnel to defend them. All 30 teams in the league emphasize defense and there's about eight or twelve, to push a little bit, that can really defend because they have the personnel to do it. This team starts with one of the best players that is defensive-minded and the team follows the leader. We haven't talked a lot about defense but it is certainly the way the guys approach the game, it's a mindset, it's a personality and it's an attitude.

Jordan won't have to uproot his family too much since he already owned a home in New Jersey, and he already had a previous working relationship with Philadelphia General Manager Ed Stefanski from the four years their careers overlapped with the New Jersey Nets. Former Wizards assistant Mike O'Koren will also be joining Jordan's staff in Philadelphia. I know Jordan's firing last November upset a number of fans, but I was wondering if it the people who hated to see him go will root for him or against him now that Jordan is less than three hours away and in the same conference as the Wizards.

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Based on some of his comments such as the Princeton offense is really easy to learn, it sounds like EJ will just be doing more of the same.

Philly fans are less tolerant than Wizard fans.

Philly was 41-41 and moving up. They should be expected to win 43 next year. If they don't, it is on EJ even with injuries (which undoubtedly will occur and reoccur).

Posted by: Izman | June 3, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I gave Eddie the benefit of the doubt when he was here -- and certainly did not dance on his grave like so many did when he was canned.

But I'm really unimpressed with his lack of class -- taking continual public shots at Ernie and the front office (Chick Hernandez interview, intro press conference). Man up, admit you didn't get it done and move on dude.

Posted by: TheFunBunch | June 3, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

If what he says is true (and it is) then there shouldn't be a problem with him saying it. As for him doing "more of the same," that makes him no different from every other coach in the league. Every coach has his own style and approach and they don't alter it radically when they change teams. Furthermore, there's no reason for him to alter it because the personnel in Philly (assuming Brand is healthy) is perfectly suited to run Jordan's offense. They've got a low post big man who commands double-teams and is a capable and willing passer out of the post surrounded by a team of quick athletes who can move without the ball.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 3, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I hope hte folks who see the 2009-10 Wiz winning more than the 76ers are smoking in private.
Barring another swindle like Kwame for Caron, look at 2010-11 when the two toxic "player options" expire, and there is a litle money to spend.

Posted by: lrmc623 | June 3, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse


whether it's true or not (matter of opinion, but I tend to fall more on the side that it is as well) is irrelevant. What is he accomplishing by not-so-subtly whining to the media that he was unjustly fired?

There's a right way to answer those questions:

EJ: "Eddie, were you given a fair shake in Washington."

"You know, that's for you guys to determine. We had a lot of success there on the heels of a long period of struggle for the organization. I'm proud of what we accomplished and feel privileged to have coached that team."

"What did you learn from your poor start last year?"

EJ: "That every game counts. No matter whether you're an all-star or a rookie, you have to be ready to play every night. I plan on imparting that on our guys here in Philly and I think we can accomplish a lot."

"What pieces were you missing in Washington?"

EJ: "It's still hard to say, because we never really got to see everyone healthy at the same time. I know our front office and ownership did the best they could to put together a top notch roster. I am anxious to get a close look at the guys we have here to see how all of the pieces fit together; I'm really excited to be working with some of the talent we have here."

There's a right way and a wrong way. Eddie has chosen the wrong way so far. Stop whining, move on, and worry about the Sixers.

Posted by: TheFunBunch | June 3, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

"We have to have the personnel to defend"

Is this the same EJ who refused to play our best defender (BTH) for years? The same guy who continually trotted out a defensively challenged CB and AJ and never TRIED to swicth up positions AJ at sf or CB at sg?
This is a guy known for his Princeton offense. He makes it seem like it's ALL on our guys.

It was on EJ, too. He's taking the easy way out.

Posted by: original_mark | June 3, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

If defense was really a priority for EJ, he would have implemented a style that relied less on size than on quickness like trapping, etc. Other teams with less talent than us have much better defenses.

I think he really may believe what he's saying but I personally don't think as a HC he did everything he could have done defensively. I think he thought he could win with a top 10 offense and a bottom 10 defense and it didn't work out.

Posted by: original_mark | June 3, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

"There's a right way and a wrong way. Eddie has chosen the wrong way so far."

That's a matter of opinion and, as far as I'm concerned, that's the wrong one. He was asked a question and gave an honest answer. There was no whinging, name calling or finger pointing. He was asked his thoughts and feelings and gave them without resorting to boilerplate coach speak. I find the honesty refreshing. And, the simple fact of the matter is, had he said anything else, everyone would know he was lying. The truth is the truth.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 3, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Yet another head coach, who has shunned the Denny green high road...

Posted by: rmobley12 | June 3, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

"If defense was really a priority for EJ, he would have implemented a style that relied less on size than on quickness like trapping, etc. Other teams with less talent than us have much better defenses."

Depends on how you define "talent." Contrary to popular (and misguided) belief, the Wiz were not that talented, past the big 3. More importantly, they didn't have the kind of long, quick athletes that could make that kind of defense (which is predicated on speed and disruptiveness) work.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 3, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I think Jordan is accurate in his assessment. Without Gil and Haywood this team had two talented individuals (Jamison and Butler), only a few mediocre vets, and a bunch of rookies-near rookies.

For anyone to think that that squad could have performed better facing a much tougher conference is delusional.

This was a case where the owner/GM didn't give him the pieces he needed to do his job, and then tried to blame and crucify him for their shortcomings. Their final season win/loss record more than makes Jordan's point. He was only responsible for the first ten games of that embarrassment.

And good for Jordan to set the record straight. I'm sick of incompetent management abusing their power (firing the little guy) to cover their own asses.

Posted by: Independent11 | June 3, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I wish EJ the best, until they play against the Wizards. Then I wish him miserable failure. We may not like his answers, but what was he supposed to say to his new employers and fans: I blew it in Washington.? Of course he can't say. When he was a free agent his statements about DC were less negative.

Posted by: tundey | June 3, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Eddie Jordan was the best coach this franchise has had since Dick Motta.
Flip is even better. The Wiz will win 43 games next year and the 76ers will win 42.
Its a win-win for both organizations.

Posted by: jeremybozz | June 3, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

More importantly, they didn't have the kind of long, quick athletes that could make that kind of defense (which is predicated on speed and disruptiveness) work.

You and I happen to disagree on this point. In fact, I believe that this is EXACTLY what EJ had. AB, JM, DM, are all long armed guys. As I've stated b4 based on draftexpress, JM and BTH are one and two in the league in standing reach (since 1991). Granted, BTH was out this year. You can look ay Ny and see how long his arms are. Perhaps he'd be better at zone than man to man.
I'm just not so sure we tried to mix it up.

Posted by: original_mark | June 3, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

If Flip's zone defenses work, we'll all know for sure that one of the main reasons our defense was subpar was because of EJ. I hope we try a quick, trapping zone style. As much a some of our players like to get out and run, I'm sure they'd dig that style because it would lead to turnovers and fast breaks.

Posted by: original_mark | June 3, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Eddie Jordan's inability/refusal to develop young talent ultimately did him in when his vets got injured.

Posted by: VTDuffman | June 3, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Kallie: "Every coach has his own style and approach and they don't alter it radically when they change teams."

Some people were borne thinking they know everything, other people learn as they go along and make adjustments.

The coach's job is to get the most out of the talent on the team. One size doesn't fit all.

Posted by: Izman | June 3, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Jordan could have been a lot harsher. True, he bears his own responsibility for the team's woes... his over-reliance on the Big Three, their subsequent injuries, the dull and, as he instituted it, predictable and inflexible Princeton Offense, an inability to get his players to play D, etc. However, the team was a disaster personnel-wise. Arenas was injured, but Grunfeld knew the risk - or should have - when he tied the team's future up with him, and needs to bear blame for it blowing up in his face. Losing Haywood was unfortunate, but having him would maybe have won us a five or so more games, still leaving us in the thick of the lottery. Our team is full of players who have always been or are as yet marginal NBA players, let alone contender caliber: Young, Mcgee, Songalia, Stevenson, Dixon, Blatche, Mcguire, Pech, Etan Thomas, Mike James all have no better than journeyman skills (with only Mcgee and Mcguire possible future starter- (albeit, unlikely future star-)caliber players). After Arenas, Butler, Jamison and Haywood, we have one of the weakest 5-12 depth charts in the NBA. Grunfeld bears far more responsibility for the team's troubles than Jordan did.

Posted by: SammyT1 | June 3, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I will always be a EJ fan because he was a DC kid. I will always root for the home grown players/coaches. And I like the way the Philly team is built.

But when they play the Zards well, I pull for the home team of course.

Eddie was the best coach we have had in the last 30 seasons, since Motta left.

Posted by: dcinmd1 | June 3, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm so glad to see that so many other people can see that Eddie Jordan was overrated. The wizards had three all-star potential players and each year we finished with close to a 500 record IN THE EAST. He seems like a very nice guy, but i'm glad he's gone. Hopefully Flip can light a fire to Blatche and Young because I believe they are the key to us going to the next level along with Gilbert's health. Eddie had no one on his staff to teach our big men how to play like big men instead of shooting jumpers all game long. Look how long it took Haywood to develope and now we're going through the same thing with Blatche. We all know about the defense,and the last thing that bothers me about Eddie and his coaching staff is that our young players are still playing like rookies even though they've been around for 2,3,or 4 years that's bad coaching. There were teams in the playoffs that had players in their 1st or second year playing big minutes. Orlando,Houston,Detroit,Miami,Portland, look what Boston did with Raljon Rhondo and Big Baby. Flip and his staff helped develope Rodney Stuckey and hopefully he will do the same thing with our youngans.

Posted by: DC-fan | June 3, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Eddie Jordan is telling the truth. There are unrealistic expectations for this squad. The few quality players were overworked.

In order to change a system or condition, underlying issues must be addressed. Unfortunately, Ernie Grunfeld is fooling himself into believing that this current roster is championship material.

The truth is as follows. Gilbert lacks leadership skills and was overpaid. The team is mediocre. The bench has no depth. The organization is big on talk and slogans, but falls short on production.

He was not whining to the media. He just told the truth. He hasn't said anything that we have not posted this season on the comment boards.

If telling the truth is classless, then I guess I can join the ranks of EJ. At least I will be in good company.

Posted by: abootstrapper | June 3, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Good Luck Eddie!
Hope the Prince Stone offence works there in Philly. You have a nice team to try it on.
No problem with your remarks about the Wizzies.
You don't butter up the team that fired you-----and maybe you're right. The front office should share the results but they will not fire themselves.
I'm still trying to figger out what they proved by such an early firing.

Posted by: VBFan | June 3, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse


"The coach's job is to get the most out of the talent on the team."

That's exactly what Jordan did. Anyone who thinks otherwise is living proof of the truth of Jordan's comments about unrealistic expectations.

"One size doesn't fit all."

Tell that to Jerry Sloan. Or Larry Brown. Or Phil Jackson. Coaches have styles of play just like players. And just like a guy who makes his living for 19 years a jumpshooter isn't going to wake up one day and become a low post banger, coaches don't change up their styles all that much. As a matter of fact, one of the considerations a GM has to make when hiring a coach is how well the coach's style fits the personnel (and vice-versa).

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 3, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

"In fact, I believe that this is EXACTLY what EJ had. AB, JM, DM, are all long armed guys"

First of all, McGee doesn't really factor in because Jordan only had him for 11 games (and, as a matter of fact, before he got canned he was giving McGee run).

As for the rest . . . it's not enough to have long arms, just like it's not enough to be tall or jump hifh. You have to have both the skill and the willingness to execute the scheme. Of all the players you name, only McGuire showed that, and he was used in just that role. The rest didn't have a clue on defense.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 3, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

There is a clear fact that jordan is not a defenssive minded coach.He clearly said it on Media.He oviously put the team in playoff for 4 years, i think that is his maximum potential. He use the creativety of three players for more than 40 minutes to stay at 500. He did not ask then to play defense. You can not ask an offenssive player to ask him play a consistant defense and at the same time put him on court for 48 minutes. It was up to him to use his roster properly to maximize defense.Very little talent is needed to play defense he should not have said what he said, even if he said it nicely.

Posted by: gtefferra | June 3, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I love some of you know nothing knuckleheads EJ was a very good coach and one of the few coach's who could draw up his own plays during a timeout(are u reading this Mike Brown) tell you what lets see who makes the playoffs 09-10 season and another thing i don't want to hear that high road krap Grunfeld's a piece of s#&t in my book for the way he treated EJ. NO OTHER COACH THIS SIDE OF PHIL OR PAT COULD HAVE DONE MORE WITH THIS GROUP THAN EDDIE JORDAN HAD DONE, PERIOD!!!!

Posted by: dargregmag | June 3, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Ok EJ...make some sense.

First you say the team was missing its best player as to why the season sucked, but then forgot that the season before, Les BouleS was also without Gilby and made it to the playoffs.

Then you talk about the lack of personnel to play defense, but then you said beforehand about missing Gilby, who doesn't play defense at all.

EJ tried to coach the Princeton offense, but didn't have a Princeton Defense.

All in all, the interview was a waste. EJ looks healthy with a tan and lost some weight. Back to the meat grinder (ref: Philly).

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 3, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

wow- folks really would've rather had a canned answer that gave no insight at all?

'the front office and coaching staff weren't on the same page', and that's excessive whining?

'whining', hahaha- its like a twisted version of 'stop snitching'... i WISH he'd said more, like 'ABlatche is partying his career away & i regret he didn't take the game more seriously as he could've been a more consistent help to the team'

Posted by: audiohysteria | June 3, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

"Very little talent is needed to play defense"

That's one of the most blatantly untrue and flat out wrong things that's ever been posted here.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 3, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

"This team starts with one of the best players that is defensive-minded and the team follows the leader. "

This quote is clearly a jab at Gilby "I don't play defense" Arenas.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 3, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

The dig at the Wizards org. was kind of self-serving.

A 1-11 start might have been "realistic" in light of the injuries, but it's definitely on the very low-end of "realistic" expectations.

Jordan was coach for 5 years -- his best year was his second season.

That pretty much says it right there.

It'll be interesting to see how things work out for him in Philly. It should breath some life into the DC v. Philly contests.

Posted by: JPRS | June 4, 2009 4:51 AM | Report abuse

What I take away from this and what I don't see pointed out in here is the simmering divide that existed between EG and EJ. They were not on the same page and, hence, EJ was going to be gone when the opportunity arose. It arose! So...time to move on to a better coach and the coach whom EG is pinning the success of the franchise on. Last year was a throw away for many reasons with the biggest one being injury. So, let's move forward and who cares if EJ is still bitter. Perhaps, he should take a look at his career winning percentage. DarGreg is carrying on his EJ Mutual Love Affair Society I

Mark my words. Not only is Flip a much better coach for this team. This team as currently constructed is a 4 seed in the East if reasonably healthy. If health derails another season, this "core" group will be blown up immediately maybe even by the trade deadline. But, EG has stocked this team with talent up and down the roster and is the best GM this team has had in 25 yrs. So, EG stay EJ bye! And don't let the door hit you in the you know what on your way to Philly!

Posted by: rphilli721 | June 4, 2009 5:31 AM | Report abuse

By the way, the so called "truth" is not that EG had unrealistic expectations for the group that EJ was left with at the beginning of the season. It was just his opportunity to ditch a coach with whom he did not see eye to eye. So...there you have it...anyway...Go Wiz! May some health come our way!

Posted by: rphilli721 | June 4, 2009 5:36 AM | Report abuse

I give EJ three years max in Philly.

Those people even boo Santa Claus.

Posted by: flohrtv | June 4, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

When EJ talked about injuries to one of its stars he only referred to Arenas. There was no mention about impact of the injury to Hayward. This inspite the fact that the WIZ made the playoffs last year without Arenas but with a healthy BTH. This rear without Hayward the Wiz were abominable. This is just another example of his dissing Hayward who was one of his key players.

Posted by: browneri | June 4, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

I still have a lot of respect for Eddie and what he did here, but I'm a disappointed that he continues to dismiss or overlook the contributions made by BTH to making the Wizards at least an average defensive team during his tenure. Yes, Eddie has a right to say that his best player was missing, but there is too much blame he is heaping on the front office about not setting up realistic goals for last year or acquiring the right personnel.

I believe that Eddie threw in the towel after the first 5 or 6 games when he knew how bad the team would be. His coaching early in the season reflected that he had given up on the team. He was dealt a bad hand with the injuries to Arena and BTH, but he was basically looking to be fired so he had time to shop for a new job.

Posted by: wizfan89 | June 4, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

"Jordan was coach for 5 years -- his best year was his second season.

That pretty much says it right there."

No, it really doesn't. What does say it is that his best year was also the only year when he went into the playoffs with a more or less healthy team. Given the injuries, lack of depth, and roster holes, Jordan got as much out of this team as anyone could have.

That pretty much says it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 4, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Eddie Jordan is a phony. All he truly cares about is that bulls#!+ offense. look at his comments. "Dalembert will be a spot player if he doesn't pick up the offense". I thought defense wins championships??? This guy favored Etan over Brendan! While Brendan is no Hakeem he was the better choice at center. If he wasn't so stubborn, he would have played Brendan and Etan together, which makes the team better on Defense and better rebounders. Jamison should have played way more 3 than he did 4.... prediction, AI and some of the other young bucks on the 6er team will revolt before year two of this experiment. what a phony

Posted by: SkinzNWiz | June 4, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I felt like Eddie was overmatched as a coach too often. I can't count the number of times, for instance, that a big lineup was working for the Wiz, only to see Eddie pull it in favor of smallball with Antawn at C. It invariably failed, but Eddie went back to it time and time again.

He also couldn't handle his team. His little public spats with Haywood and others were bush league.

In fact, he should've been gone after the Cleveland playoff series a number of seasons ago when he refused to play Brendan against Ilgauskas, despite the fact that Haywood was the only player who could stop him. Personal grudges may have cost the team that series. That's inexcusable.

Posted by: keithward64 | June 4, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Keith, your spot on! Eddie Jordan was overmatched at times and outcoached. That series where he refused to play Brendan on Z I remember distinctly as one of the most frustrating things to watch. It was just blatant poor coaching!

Brendan is our biggest defensive asset to this day and EJ not only did not play him or recognize this, he almost ran him off the team! I think it was the same aforementioned playoff series with Cleveland when BH bolted early and it looked like he was not coming back the next season. And, let's not forget Tom T who led the Celtics to the title as a defensive assistant with the number 1 defense. Yeah, different assets with that team, but don't you think he would have improved the Wiz D just a little??? I mean Rondo was a young player and Ray A and Paul P were not known as defensive studs (sub GA, AJ, and CB). Garnett is not that much better a defensive player than Haywood, if at all. So, the point is Tom T could have and would have improved our defense substantially and EJ said "see ya"!

Don't get me wrong, Eddie had his moments and did some good things, but he is no savior or coaching legend here or elsewhere and will never be one either. Flip Saunders is a better coach and a coaching legend for one team already. The T'wolves. I know bc I currently reside in Minneapolis and they love Flip Saunders to this day in this town.

Posted by: rphilli721 | June 4, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Yes very little talent is needed to play defense.You do not need a special talent to play defense if you have the talent to play basketball, you just need to be willing to defend.You oviously need the skill, body size, strength and little talent to be an average defender.You might need talent to be the best defender,but no team in NBA has 5 best defenders.Inorder to play a team defense you need a system which should be provided by the coach and each player should be trained.If an NBA team is not playing defense there are only three reasons
1/ Defense need more energy , players might not have that for so many reasons.
2/ The coaching staff does not have the right sytem that help each player to contribute on team defense
3/ players refuse to play for the coach.Most teams stop to play defense when they quit on their coach.
what is the natural talent an NBA player need to play defense?

Posted by: gtefferra | June 4, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

The only person in DC who will still love EJ 3/4 years from now is Dargreg...lmao!

Glad to see your so impressed Dargreg that EJ could draw up his own play during timeouts. As if that is some unique skill that he possessed as a coach. Are you kidding me? Who cares if the dude from Cleveland is one of the few that doesn't or didn't a couple of times during the playoffs (whatever the case may be)? What does that have to do with EJ and him being a good coach or not?

I remember most of EJ's "plays" at the end of quarters and games involved giving the ball to GA at the top of the key and spreading the floor to let him create or most likely shoot (thus the great "Hibatchi/Agent Zero" was created). After that was no longer an option, we were often terrible in those situations while he was still coach.

Posted by: rphilli721 | June 4, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

"Yes very little talent is needed to play defense."

Absolutely, positively, categorically untrue. If it were so easy, everybody would be doing it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 4, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse


Both you and Kal are splitting hairs.

Yes, it takes some different talents or assets to be BETTER than average at defense on an individual basis. This is true by definition. Look no further than AJ as someone who really does not possess the quickness (in some cases), size, strength, or the jumping ability to defend at even an average level in the NBA. And he definitely possess a high enough basketball IQ as far as positioning, schemes, etc is concerned.

No, it does not take much more than effort to be pretty decent at defense individually or as a team. Effort plus a mindset, and a decent team scheme/game plan go a long way in the NBA. Gilbert Arenas is a perfect example. His first 2 years in the NBA he actually had a reputation as being a very good almost fierce defender (he would be subbed into the end of games for defenses purposes at times!). He simply put the energy/effort into being one and he was. He was trying to make it in the league still one way or another and get mins. Now, he is about as bad a defender as I've seen. He looks like he could care less about defense bc he is more interested in being "Agent Zero".

So, that's how I see it...

Yeah, EJ was right to the extent that the Wiz do not have the personnel to be a top 10 defensive team. But, they don't need to be with as good as they can be offensively. They just need to be average and they were far from it with him as coach although they do possess the talent to be such. They just never possessed the effort, mindset, and scheme while he was there and that is largely on him!

Dead last or near dead last in defending the 3 every year he was coach to go along with below average overall fg %, pts allowed, etc... Come on...a lot of that was coaching period!!! Tom T would have helped!

Posted by: rphilli721 | June 4, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely, positively, categorically untrue. If it were so easy, everybody would be doing it.>


It may not be "easy", but all it takes is a little effort in most cases to be decent. "Everybody" doesn't do it in the NBA bc tough defense does not put you on the ESPN highlight reel on a nightly basis or get you the 100 million dollar contract in most cases. Energy is often conserved for the offensive side of the ball ala GA.

Of course, the All-NBA caliber defenders for instance do have more than very little talent to be such. Usually they're bigger, quicker, stronger, longer, jump higher and faster, and are just more athletic than most or some combination thereof.

Just don't discount the general sheer apathy towards playing defense in the NBA. It ain't easy, but more should and could be good at it!

Posted by: rphilli721 | June 4, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Tank you Rphilli
You read my mind.
Yes defense is hard to do it, that is why coaches need to put the right system to their roster.One should have the skill to play defense but it is more of interest and determination.NO NBA player will say i do not have the talent to defend but he could say I am not talented for jump shooting.
Jordan is still did not admit his failure in defense.You have to play defense with the avaliable players.He has no means of defending 3 point shoot, he has said it repeatly "we will live with it".

Posted by: gtefferra | June 4, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Good luck Eddie!

Posted by: Darnell1 | June 4, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

I felt happy for Eddie Jordan when he won the job for the Wizards because he was a DC native and A Carroll High Alumni. I have to admit I lost a lot of faith in Eddie over the past several years because I did not see enough young player development, veteran discipline and too much of the same exact plays on offense.

He was suppose to be the mastermind behind NJ when Byron Scott was the head coach. Yet Byron Scott's teams have gone further in the playoffs with less overall talent then the Wizards. Good luck Philly You guys have hard nose playing team hopefully they don't turn into another soft princeton style team look at the Hoyas now and then.

Posted by: bonggong | June 6, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse

I like Jordan, but his comments about defense are somewhat of a cop out. Team defense is a coaching responsibility. If your team star (Arenas) doesn't commit to defense enough, then you (coach) have to do something about it. That is the difference between nice teams who leave in the first round every year and teams that can tough it out through the playoffs. Defense. Hope Flip can be more effective defensively.

Posted by: pick5 | June 10, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

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