I’ll admit that Eddie Jordan is in an awkward position, with rumors swirling that the 76ers are going to fire him at the end of the year. Still, it’s kind of comical to read him trying to defend himself.
Before last night’s game against the Bobcats, Jordan was asked about accusations that he’s lost his team. Here’s his response.
“We just won a game against the fifth [actually, 6th] seed in Toronto. You guys push that aside like it’s nothing. We split a road trip. I know we lost to an Indiana team that’s probably not going to be in the playoffs. … We had a poor third quarter. I had a unit in there (in the fourth quarter) that was very competitive. We didn’t get it done like we did in Toronto. So our team is working hard. They’re good character guys. Like all teams, every once in a while they need a kick in the pants and motivation and positive thoughts. I don’t know where that [rumor] comes from. [The media] just puts it out there: ‘The team’s not listening.’ They’re full of crap.”
Actually Eddie, the fact that your team followed up a good win with a bad loss is a pretty good sign you’ve lost your team. You’ve kicked them in the pants more than “every once in a while” this year. I think you’ve lost them.
Naturally, the Sixers got blown out by the Bobcats, which caused Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal to write that it was Jordan that was “full of crap” for saying the Sixers played hard. Yikes.
Meanwhile, 76ers fans over at SB Nation’s Liberty Ballers are asking whether this is the worst coaching change in franchise history. While several other first-year 76ers coaches have won fewer games, Jordan Sams writes that Jordan ranks right up there among the worst because of the relative lack of roster changes.