Eddie Jordan's Potential Rebound in Philly

Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports that while the 76ers indicated Tony DiLeo would be running the show for the remainder of the year following the firing of Mo Cheeks as coach, there's a possibility the team could bring in Eddie Jordan to take over soon.

Jordan has history with Philadelphia GM Ed Stefanski: Jordan was a top assistant in New Jersey under Byron Scott and Lawrence Frank before taking the helm of the Wiz while Stefanski worked under N.J. GM Rod Thorn.

Jordan, the first coach canned this season, is an offensive-minded fellow. Philadelphia's major problem is ... offense. I think we all see where this is headed. But will the Sixers make the move during the season, and is Jordan ready to get back under the burning, abusive magnifying glass? Here's Ivan Carter of the Washington Post:

I've spoken with Eddie a couple of times since he was let go by the Wizards on Nov. 24 and while he has expressed no bitterness about the way things went down in DC, he does sound like a guy who misses the action. I mean, where is guy going to get the night in, night out rush that comes with coaching in the NBA?

There's another wrinkle here: Sacramento has long been a projected spot for Jordan, going back to two summers ago when the coach's D.C. status was up in the air and the Kings spot was open. Jordan coached the Kings back in '97-98. Former Kings owner Jim Thomas canned Jordan after a rough season with an absolutely awful roster, and then new Kings GM Geoff Petrie was so mad at the owner he turned his back on him (physically) at the press conference announcing Jordan's dismissal. Jordan has remained a favorite of Petrie. The two basically share the limitless knowledge of old Princeton coach Pete Carril, who was an assistant under Jordan and Rick Adelman in Sac.

We'll have more on current Kings coach Reggie Theus later today; suffice it to say that if Jordan's status becomes questionable, Petrie might be incited to make a move in order to get his dude.

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