Monday, June 1, 2009

Yes, My Friends, Jordan is Now a 76er

Jordan is a Sixer?!? Really? No fucking way! I don't give two shits that he's 46 years old. When the greatest basketball player who ever walks the earth is coming to be a part of my favorite team, that's reason to get excited.

Wait, what? Not that Jordan? What you mean not that Jordan? Who the fu-? Eddie Jordan!?! You mean that fucking shit that couldn't even win more than 1 game with Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler in 11 tries last season? The Eddie Jordan who has a worse winning percentage than Sam Mitchell, Jim Lynam, Chris Ford, Mo Cheeks and shit, Isaiah Thomas? Fuck.

Truth be told, I don't know a whole heck of a lot about Eddie Jordan. I do know that his record as a head coach isn't exactly very good, what with 58 more losses than wins (230-288), but I have heard over the years that Jordan is a very talented coach who players respect and that the collapse of the Wizards wasn't really his fault.

He did, after all, lead Washington to four straight playoff appearances, going 45-37 in his second season, followed by seasons of 42-40, 41-41 and 43-39 records. That's pretty solid, but still, when you look at the list above, which includes former Sixers coaches Mo Cheeks, Jim Lynam and Chris Ford, and see a .444 winning percentage and .308 playoff winning percentage (8-18), it doesn't exactly scream upgrade from where the Sixers were this time last offseason.

Is Jordan an upgrade over Tony DiLeo? No question about it. But with few openings, I was hoping the Sixers would nab the likes of Avery Johnson or Jeff Van Gundy. Perhaps neither was ever really interested in the job. Maybe Jordan is the best option. He was on a staff in New Jersey that saw the Nets go through their most successful run in franchise history. He's an Ed Stefanski guy who seems to have a vision for this odd roster that the Sixers are financially bound to thanks to the insanely large and long-term contracts to Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand.

So maybe Eddie Jordan is just the right coach for this Sixers team. Either way, I'd still be a lot more excited if that other Jordan was unretiring, even with his advanced age and declining skills, and suiting up for the Sixers.

He'd certainly help that poor shooting of the Sixers, if nothing else.

BallHype: hype it up!

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