Posted tagged ‘Ed Stefanski’

Flyers Mildly Active in Free Agency – 76ers Quiet

July 2, 2009
Ian Laperriere - newest Flyers forward

Ian Laperriere - newest Flyers forward

After a busy day on free agency in the NHL and NBA, the Philadelphia teams were only slightly active.  The Flyers signed a back-up goalie, Brian Boucher, to a very salary cap friendly contract.  They also signed Ian Laperriere to a 3 year contract at a cap friendly price.  Laperriere is a forward who plays with grit (a PhilaTude favorite word) and hates to lose.  He will be a solid third or fourth line veteran presence, who can kill penalties and take a strong leadership role.  The rest of the NHL was active, with the Rangers paying an immense amount of cash for an oft-injured Marion Gaborik.  The Canadiens rebuilt their top line by signing Mike Cammelleri, Brian Gionta and trading for Scott Gomez.  The 76ers did nothing, while the rest of the NBA was quiet except for the Pistons signing Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva.

The Flyers did lose Mike Knuble to the Washington Capitals.  The Caps paid close to 6 million over two years to Knuble, who is 37 years old.  I wanted the Flyers to resign Knuble, but only because I thought they could do it without giving up too much cash.  The Capitals overpaid for Knuble, I think he is only really worth 4 million over 2 years, which is probably what the Flyers offered him.  While I don’t wish Knuble any bad luck or harm, he is going to significantly miss out on a good Flyers season, similarly like Brian Dawkins who will miss out on an excellent Eagles season.  

The 76ers have announced that it might take some time to sign to Andre Miller.  I guess if he doesn’t sign anywhere else, it makes sense to wait.  Maybe he is waiting to see if he gets other offers, who knows?  An interesting development around the Houston Rockets is that Yao Ming won’t be playing next season.  If I were Ed Stefanski, I would try my hardest to trade the Rockets Samuel Dalembert and take whatever they will offer.

As discussed in yesterday’s post, there is no loyalty; it’s all about the money.  Players talk about staying and playing for their current team, but in the end it’s all about who gives them the largest contract.  Hopefully, the Flyers and Sixers aren’t done this off-season and we’ll have some more interesting news and new players to discuss.

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Eddie Jordan not the Answer

June 4, 2009
Eddie Jordan, new 76ers coach

Eddie Jordan, new 76ers coach

Over the years, I lambasted Billy King for his poor selections of players and signing them to ridiculous contracts.  Kenny Thomas, Brian Skinner, Samuel Dalembert, Willie Green and Greg Buckner are just a few off the top of my head.  So far, the Ed Stefanski era, supposed to be the complete opposite of the Billy King era, is starting to look the same.  Elton Brand deal looked to be great on paper, but after the injury plagued first year, the deal could be questioned, unless Brand bounces back.  Now, with the hiring of Eddie Jordan as the coach and the subsequent ridiculous contract he has, it reminds me of the Billy King days.  At least Jordan’s contract doesn’t affect the salary cap, but it will make it harder for the team to fire him after a losing season.  In fact, it appears that Stefanski didn’t take PhilaTude’s advice from a few weeks back.

Eddie Jordan hasn’t proven anything as a head coach.  He couldn’t win with a talented Wizards team and when he was a successful assistant coach with the Nets, they had talent and a solid head coach.  I just don’t see what Jordan will do for the Sixers.  I am concerned that Jordan will continue to be a “blah” coach, just like the coaches before him and after Larry Brown.  The Sixers would have been better off hiring an experienced assistant, even without head coaching experience, to lead this young team.  Of course, since and Stefanski and Jordan were buddies back in their Nets days, it just makes sense that Stefanski would “hook-up” his friend.  I am aggravated.  As it stands now, I don’t see Jordan lasting for the length of his contract.

76ers Coaching Search

May 20, 2009

While we are happy that Tony DiLeo is out as the Sixers head coach, we couldn’t be more discouraged by the search for his replacement.  We know that the Sixers have interviewed Eddie Jordan and are scheduled to meet with Dwayne Casey, Tom Thibodeau and Kurt Rambis.  People everywhere are pining for Avery Johnson.  Also rumored to be in the mix for the head coaching job are Jay Wright and Adrian Dantley. 

I am discouraged for two main reasons:

1)  The coaching talent on this list is mediocre.  Jay Wright is not an NBA coach and none of the other people on this list have any significant and winning head coaching experience.  Avery Johnson is the most experienced, but if he is so great, why doesn’t he have a job?  I realize that some of the assistants have been on winning clubs and could project to a winning coach, but is that what the Sixers need?  I don’t know.

2)  Ed Stefanski is being so secretive.  Tell the fans what you are doing.  Let us hear about the positives and negatives of each coach.  We care. We want to see a winner.

Again, I have no idea who the Sixers coach should be, but I hope Ed Stefanski opens up and picks a winner.

PhilaTude not for Eddie Jordan

May 14, 2009
Eddie Jordan

Eddie Jordan

After Tony DiLeo decided not be a candidate for the 76ers coaching duties, people everywhere have been speculating about who will be the new head coach. Eddie Jordan is on all the lists. I have no clue why this guy is being revered as a coach that can lead the Sixers to the next level. He was a solid collegiate player at Rutgers and had a mediocre NBA career. His NBA head coaching record is abysmal with 230 wins and 288 losses. His best season as a coach had his team lose in the second round of the playoffs. The 76ers have a young team and have been to the playoffs consistently the last few years. Jordan isn’t going to get the Sixers over their hump. He hasn’t proved he can coach a winner. Also, Jordan was the coach of some talented Washington Wizards teams and couldn’t win with them. How does that translate to a talented and young 76ers team? It doesn’t. From our standpoint, Jordan isn’t the guy for the Sixers.

Unfortunately, we don’t know who the guy is for the Sixers. Maybe that’s why we blog and Ed Stefanski runs the team.

Sixers = Disappointing, but Predictable

May 1, 2009

Andre Miller, nba.com

Andre Miller, nba.com


I haven’t spent much time digesting and discussing the 76ers, but now that their season is over, here are some of my random thoughts:

  1. I am surprised that Theo Ratliff can still run the court, play mediocre defense and throw down a slam.
  2. The Sixers look like a team with no direction, too many individual players and no big energy/emotion player.
  3. When the season started, I didn’t understand Cheeks’ rotation with Brand, didn’t understand his rotation without Brand and still can’t figure out what DiLeo was doing.
  4. Andre Iguodala is a player, but never gets any league wide recognition.
  5. Lou Williams is a great player off the bench, but you would think he would play with more emotion and energy.
  6. I hate the Willie Green era.
  7. Ed Stefanski should consider bringing back Andre Miller, but also acquire a young point guard to back him up and develop.
  8. Thaddeus Young is too inconsistent and enigmatic.
  9. Samuel Dalembert looks lazy, clueless and lost.  Frustrating from a player who makes over 10 million a season and who is under contract for another two years.  Classic Billy King contract.
  10. The Sixers just don’t have the “buzz.”

Here are some quick thoughts on how to fix the Sixers:

  1. A new coach that can develop young players, provide an up tempo style of game and can utilize his bench accurately.
  2. Get rid of Dalembert anyway you can.
  3. Find a young PG, middle clogging big man (can be a cheap veteran) or give more minutes to Marreese Speights and a legitimate outside scoring threat.
  4. A healthy Elton Brand (obviously).
  5. Play real defense.

More to come on the Sixers as the off-season unfolds.  It’s a shame Andrew Toney isn’t available.

Additional thought: As a big time Sixers fan, it constantly bothers me that former Sixers bench warmers go to other teams and play tremendously. Raja Bell, Tim Thomas, John Salmons, Bruce Bowen and Matt Barnes are a few. Who else? Players always come to the Sixers and play worse. Anybody think of a Sixers player in recent years that came from another team and stepped up their game in Philadelphia? I can’t.