Friday, June 5, 2009

Stefanski and Jordan's ties to New Jersey help Jordan get the Sixers job

By Anthony Caruso III

Eddie Jordan was recently named the Philadelphia 76ers head coach earlier this week. Jordan has become the 7th Sixers head coach since the 2002-2003 season, which was Larry Brown's last.

Jordan was last the head coach of the Washington Wizards. After losing Gilbert Arenas in the off-season for the majority of the season after surgery, Jordan lost his job not even a month into the season. He was 197-224 in 5 1/2 years in Washington.

Jordan was also the head coach for the Sacramento Kings for 1 1/2 seasons. He was 33-64 combined in Sacramento. He was a candidate for their current head coaching vacancy, before being hired by the Sixers.

Jordan was an assistant coach in Sacramento for 5 years, before being named head coach late in the 1996-97 season. He was also an assistant coach with the New Jersey Nets from 1999 to 2003. Sixers GM Ed Stefanski worked in the Nets front office at that time, which had a factor in Stefanski hiring Jordan.

Jordan helped the Nets to two NBA Finals appearances, as the lead assistant, in 2002 and 2003. The Nets lost both appearances to the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs, respectively. But Jordan does have an NBA Finals Championship under his belt, as he was a player on the Lakers 1982 title team.

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