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Hello me, good-bye Eddie Jordan (UPDATE)

Posted on: November 24, 2008 10:56 am
Edited on: November 24, 2008 7:08 pm
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Wow, first day on the job and I’ve already gotten a coach fired.

P.J. Carlesimo got canned over the weekend, and now comes word from D.C. that the Wizards have fired Eddie Jordan after a 1-10 start. Ed Tapscott, the team’s director of player development and a longtime assistant and confidant to G.M. Ernie Grunfeld, takes over as coach.

I guess Ernie didn’t take too kindly to injured star Gilbert Arenasrecent statement that last place isn’t the worst place in the world to be – especially in the NBA, where there’s a draft lottery.

According to a person familiar with the situation, associate head coach Mike O'Koren also was let go.

As the Washington Post points out, Tapscott traveled with the team and essentially served as an extra assistant coach. According to a person who knows him well, coaching isn’t in Tapscott’s long-term plans. He was the logical interim choice for Grunfeld, who goes back to his Knicks days with Tapscott. (Tapscott was the Knicks’ director of player personnel when the team infamously drafted Frederic Weis over Ron Artest.)

This firing is as curious as they come. Just a month ago, the Wizards picked up Jordan’s option for 2009-10, and he finished seventh in the coach-of-the-year voting last season.  One name that has to shoot to the top of the list of candidates for Jordan’s long-term replacement is Avery Johnson, who was fired by the Mavericks last May and replaced by Rick Carlisle.

Oh, by the way: I’m your new NBA columnist. I was going to introduce myself sooner, but more important things got in the way. More on that later.

UPDATED 7:08 p.m. Some interesting details and angles have emerged after the Jordan firing. First, the Washington Post reports that Jordan was informed of the decision around 8 a.m. -- after he and his wife finished handing out Thanksgiving turkeys to the needy. Gobble gobble!

Second, it's unclear how much of a role Arenas' recent comments about last place not being all that bad played into this. Management evidently was less concerned about the job Jordan was doing with the depleted talent he had than it was about the lack of fight and desire the team had shown recently. Exhibit A was a putrid defensive performance Saturday night in which Washington gave up 122 points to the Knicks, who only had seven players available.

A person familiar with the Wizards' thinking disputed the notion (floated above) that Avery Johnson would be in the mix here. Grunfeld said Tapscott will coach the rest of the season. Then every unemployed coach (there will be more then) will be jockeying for position. (Every one except Jeff Van Gundy, who lost an infamous power struggle to Grunfeld in New York).

 

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miamivice82
Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2008 9:52 pm
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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2008 5:22 pm
 

Hello me, good-bye Eddie Jordan (UPDATE)

whatever you do, don't think your are being fed to the lions with these bloggers and thier personal attacks.... it's part of "sports sport" here in the CBSSPORTSLINE cesspool of hate.  Sometimes i don't think Doyal is a retard, but that is few and far between. Welcome to the shark tank, where "the blood in the water could be our own" !

i own this place and am worshiped like a God ... uhh..well...maybe not. ...

but your new.. what do you know?

Welcome to hell.




Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2008 4:19 pm
 

Same Bullets/Wizards with interchangable parts

After a few years of hope its back to the same old same old.  In the 1990's it was Bernard King, Pervis Ellison (never nervous Pervis) and a host of over the hill guys and future stars with other teams.  Remember John "Hot Plate" Williams?  He began as a 6'9" 200 power forward.  He ended as a 6'9" 400 power eater.  Coach Wes Unseld and GM Bob Ferry were clueless.  If it weren't for Susan O'Malley's creative marketing the old Cap Centre would have been a ghost town.

Years later its Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler and whatever their names are.  The Wiz even had Michael (in 10 years nobody will remember I played for these losers) Jordan.   Rip Hamilton, Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace played for the Wiz until they traded them away for Jerry Stackhouse, Ike Austin and Rod Strickland.  Most teams get younger and taller.  The Wiz get older and shorter.

It looked like Eddie Jordan may bring the Wiz back, but alas we were teased again.  In the 80's and 90's Lez Boulez (Kornheiser term) went from mediocre to horrible.  In the new century it's back to the poop hole again.  OK, Mr. "I never met a shot I didn't take" Arenas has been hurt.  And Mr. Softee " Brendan Haywood is also on the shelf.  So what? Same stuff different era.  The new GM, Ernie "Remember Ernie and Bernie at Tennessee" Grunfeld has proven he's as retreadable as John Nash (not the one in A Beautiful Mind).

The one constant is Abe "The Nutty Optimist" Pollin.  He still thinks Wes Unseld plays for his squad.  Capital Center, aka US Air Areana is gone.  It's a shopping center now.  The Verizon Center, aka MCI Center is inner city fashonable but soon will be a ghost town because it is no longer fashonable to go to excessively over priced games in the capital city of the government that has destroyed our economy. 

The Bullets were red white and blue.  The Wiz are off blue, off tan and off their fricken rocker. Shiek they ain't.  Until Abe sells the team to Ted Leonsis or someone besides the Lerner family the NBA team that plays in the DC area will be garbage.  Bring help!




Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2008 5:06 pm
 

Hello me, good-bye Eddie Jordan

Kingadrocks,

Welcome to the jungle KBerg... now your thoughts please ASAP on the following critical areas:

1.  Jordan vs. Kobe

2.  Shaq vs. the world

3.  Lebron vs. Kobe

Etc. etc. etc.

BRING IT KBERG!!!

Oh brother.  Do we need to spell it out for you Kingadrocks?  First of all Jordon vs Kobe.  Jordon more rings, but talent wise they are on par.  Jordon is a legend so I am not sure anyone will ever say anyones better.  But they are about equal.    Shaq.  Well.....he is old and tired now.  Hes slowly fading away.  Bye Bye Shaq.  Lebron vs Kobe.....Kobe any day.  Much better all around player, hits the big shots when you need it, has rings.  Lebron????Well he scores a lot.  No otherway around that since his surrounding cast is average.  There you have it Adrocks. 




Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2008 4:20 pm
 

Hello me, good-bye Eddie Jordan

Centreville, Va., Where the hell is that?



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2008 4:05 pm
 

KBerg in the hizzy

 

Welcome to the jungle KBerg... now your thoughts please ASAP on the following critical areas:

1.  Jordan vs. Kobe

2.  Shaq vs. the world

3.  Lebron vs. Kobe

Etc. etc. etc.

BRING IT KBERG!!!

 

 



miamivice82
Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2008 3:08 pm
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Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2008 1:33 pm
 

Hello me, good-bye Eddie Jordan

The Wizards stink the owner is an idiot who wont pay luxury taxes to improve a team They did nothing in teh offseason to improve and they signed a gimpy player to a long term deal and they did this yrs ago. Abe polin blows and no one expected or expects the wizards to do anything. They are joke and living in DC everyone knows it. If this team left DC no one here would care and actually may welcome it becuase it would give us a chance for another team down the road with a decent owner.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2008 1:21 pm
 

Hello me, good-bye Eddie Jordan

Finally!

Our very own writer! CBS, was that so hard...

Welcome aboard...Power Rankings please!




Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2008 1:05 pm
 

We're losing a great coach.

I'd much rather have seen Grunfeld go then Eddie.  Eddie was a high basketball IQ coach on a team of low basketball IQ players.  I don't think, however, that he lost the locker room.  To use Andray Blatche's decision-making as an indicator of Eddie's influence over the players is ridiculous.  Andray Blatche is a certifiable knucklehead, and John Wooden couldn't teach him to play the right way.


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