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Why Philadelphia's decision to stand pat may be bad for Eddie Jordan

Feb 21, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

It’s a dog eat dog world. Life’s not fair. Insert cliche here.

The fact is that the Philadelphia 76ers are awful. Awful. And there are consequences to that. Every member of the organization is in the red for what’s owed to the fans and ownership this season. But as Kate Fagan recounts for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Eddie Jordan may be the one that pays the bill.

Fagan makes a fascinating case that Philadelphia’s lack of deadline trades, particularly the movement of Andre Iguodala and Samuel Dalembert’s massive contracts, indicates that management thinks the roster isn’t the part that’s broken.

Jordan’s system isn’t easy to implement, but the problems haven’t been isolated to offensive fluency. The breakdown of a once-playoff team has been total and thorough. The decision not to replace Andre Miller with a capable point guard has proven disastrous, Thaddeus Young and the other young talent have failed to take the next step, and injuries have played their part.

But that lack of development and the massive backward slide in wins certainly gives the impression that Jordan’s lost the players. For a team that eventually will have to make some tough financial decisions given their investment for product, Jordan may find his stay in Philly short-lived. Get the cheesesteaks while you can.

  1. Hector - Feb 22, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    Hi Matt,
    You and Kate are right on the mark. This team is pathetic. Stephanski passed on the opportunity to change the losing climate and culture of the team. Snider appears to not care about what is going on with this once proud franchise. They run incompetent coaches in and out, while maintaining the same losers (ie. Dalembert, Iguodala).
    In my opinion, the remedy for this horrendous team begins at the top. Snider must sell or relinquish control (fat chance). An agreesive, successful GM with a pedigree is needed.
    I’ve been following the Sixers since the 70’s and while there were some down years, the 80’s more than made up for it. While the Celtics and Lakers have also had their slumps, they have maintained a sustained level of excellence. I believe this is due to their no-nonsense attitude. They are the Steinbrenners of basketball, while we are the KC Royals or the Pirates.

  2. Dirk Digler - Feb 24, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Eddie Jordan is a punk! He smells like old cheese and he’s a chump.

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