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
“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
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
“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.”