76ers’ Jordan ‘not concerned’ about job status

Philadelphia 76ers coach Eddie Jordan said he’s “not

concerned” about his job security and doesn’t have any planned

meetings with front-office personnel about his status.

The Sixers finished 27-55 after losing to the Orlando Magic on

Wednesday night in the regular-season finale. Jordan said before

the game the only things he anticipates Thursday are a team

meeting, player-exit meetings and taking his staff out to

lunch.

“I’ve told the players there’s no cushion in the season,”

Jordan said. “There’s no air mattress you can fall and say, ‘OK,

the end is near.’ You’ve got to approach it like a bug on the

windshield. Just keep going until the final buzzer rings, then you

have time to contemplate.”

Unfortunately for Jordan, he might be the splat.

Jordan’s hire was panned by fans and media from the day he

arrived last year. There has been much speculation over the last

two months that he’ll be fired once the season is over.

Philadelphia was the Eastern Conference’s No. 6 seed last

season, eliminated in the first round by the Magic in six games.

Now the Sixers are headed for the draft lottery.

Asked directly if Wednesday night’s game would be his last with

Philadelphia, Jordan said: “No, I’m not concerned about

that.”

Jordan signed a four-year contract when he was hired with

expectations to take the Sixers to the playoffs and beyond.

Philadelphia battled injuries and struggled to find consistency,

even signing Allen Iverson in an acquisition that never panned out.

The Sixers announced in March that Iverson would not return this

season because of family issues.

Even though it was a difficult season, Jordan said he still

enjoys coaching.

“Every day is a challenge,” Jordan said. “I’ve said no matter

where you are, every day is a challenge in the NBA. Every day is a

great day to be a head coach in the NBA.

“It’s a challenge, something you try to improve, try to

overcome some adversities, that’s the name of the game. You work

hard every day, you try to get better.”