Posted tagged ‘Eddie Jordan’

We Like Kapono

June 10, 2009
Jason Kapano - 3 Point Contest

Jason Kapano - 3 Point Contest

Reggie Evans for Jason Kapono straight up is a solid deal.  Evans is your standard lunch-pail guy the 76ers have employed consistently over the last 10 years.  He brought a little rebounding, defense and leadership, but lacked that elite quality to put him the normal rotation.  This past year Theo Ratliff (a Philatude favorite) took a lot of his minutes.  Also, Evans had a large contract for a bench guy.  However, that large contract helped the Sixers acquire another “specialist” with a similar and even larger contract.  Kapono brings the best active three-point shooting percentage in the league.  The Sixers finished last in the league in three-point shooting, so anything is an upgrade.  But, Kapono is more than an upgrade – he can consistently drain the three ball.  Even though this trade requires the 76ers to take on an additional 2 million of salary, it’s worth it to have a three-point threat.  Kapono will fit in to the Philadelphia team and area without a problem and I bet he is pumped to leave Toronto.

As I see it now, the 76ers will start the rookie point guard they draft, along with Kapono, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and Elton Brand.  Dalembert is a waste and needs to be moved or benched.  Lou Williams would be a solid 6th man.

Of course, the team is still being coached by Eddie Jordan, who isn’t taking this team anywhere.  Let’s hope I am wrong.

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.

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.