Sixers fire Jordan after one season

April 16, 2010

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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – The Philadelphia 76ers have fired head coach Eddie Jordan after just one season with the club.

Sixers president/general manager Ed Stefanski made the announcement at a Thursday news conference, saying he had made the decision earlier this week.

“Decisions of this nature are never easy, but I am making this change because I didn’t feel significant progress was being made on either end of the court,” said Stefanski. “As the season progressed, it became increasingly clear to me that this was necessary in order to provide a new direction for our team and gain more continuity.”

The Sixers ended a disappointing campaign on Wednesday with a 125-111 loss to Orlando, dropping their record to a woeful 27-55 on the year, the worst mark for the franchise since the 1996-97 season.

Jordan took over last May for Tony DiLeo, who served as interim coach after Maurice Cheeks was fired in the wake of a 9-14 start to the 2008-09 season. DiLeo finished the year at 32-27, guiding the team to its first non-losing season since 2004-05, and a second consecutive playoff berth.

The Sixers never turned the corner, though, failing to adapt to a Princeton- style offense that has brought mediocre results during Jordan’s coaching career.

“We took a step backward this year,” Stefanski said Thursday. “There’s no question we underachieved this year. What I thought would happen did not occur and the decision [to hire Jordan] was not the right one.”

Jordan, who has two years and $6 million left on his contract with the Sixers, has a career record of 257-343 with Sacramento (1996-98), Washington (2003-08) and Philadelphia (2009-10). He led the Wizards to four playoff appearances, but won just one series in that time.

Stefanski said Thursday he has begun the search for a new coach, but said there was no time frame to make a decision.

“We have to make the right decision,” Stefanski stated. “We need that coach to get us back on the right path. The [new] coach has to be a manager, a teacher and a motivator. Those are three qualities I will look for right away.”

Stefanski said the team will look at every option in its search, including NBA assistants and college coaches.


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