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Coach Jordan frustrated in Philadelphia

Mar 2, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

iguodala.jpgThe Philadelphia 76ers are like a box of chocolate, you never know what you are going to get.

(Let me just apologize now for using a Forest Gump reference. That is nearly unforgivable. I’m am truly sorry, and will now join Tiger in rehab for this problem.)

There are the games like last Friday night, where the Sixers play with energy, get out and run  and hang with the league’s elite. Then there are games like Monday, when they roll over for the league’s elite and anger their coach.

Jordan said his team was sulking, lacking fight, and displaying a defeatist attitude.

“We try to address it,” Jordan said of the coaching staff. “We try to get them with some more spirit and some more positive energy. And it’s just hard when you don’t have that sort of internal leadership.”

Andre Iguodala was more mature than his coach.

“You start to play the blame game and it really leads to a dead end, it doesn’t go anywhere,” said Iguodala, who scored 19 points. “I’m just going to go out there and keep doing what I’ve been doing my whole career, which is play basketball the right way.”

Willie Green added a “that’s what he said” about Jordan.

Jordan may be trying to define leadership in the Kevin Garnett mold, or the Kobe Bryant scowl mold, but it can come in the Tim Duncan mold as well. Leadership is not always — in fact usually not — about being up in someone’s face yelling. It can be about example, about maturity.

And maturity is one thing a young Sixers team lacks. So what you get is nights when they can hang with the elite, and nights they roll over.

  1. JMClarkent - Mar 2, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    The problem is Ed Stephanski. Ed started out strong (Getting the Sixers out of the Iverson and Webber contracts) but has really killed the team with his acquisitions and coaching hires. Tony D and Eddie Jordan are as awful as it gets; not blowing this mess up at the deadline means that we are set back yet another year.
    I know that Brand is an Albatross, but unloading Sam and Andre would be a start (The expiring McGrady move that NY made was perfect, though the Sixers would be better served buying him out).
    I would love to see the main rotation consist of Holiday, Williams, Meeks, Young, Speights, and Smith (developmentally and the draft pick they would yield). Until they get a GM who will scrap this mess and start over, expect slightly less than mediocrity.

  2. rodney - Mar 2, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    JM it was Billy King who traded away Iverson and then bought out Weber. Stefanski came in and his first move was to trade Korver to create more cap space used on Brand. And if you think that the players you mentioned are building blocks, give me a break. Williams, Young and Speights play no defense, plus Williams is better suited to be a 6th man instant offense off the bench…they need a real PG and some guys willing to play defense. I will agree with you a need GM is needed!!

  3. JMClarkent - Mar 2, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Good point, you are right; it was Billy that gave Ed a clean slate.
    As far as the youth, I have no misconceptions of these guys developing into All-Stars.
    My point is that we are better to try to develop them into role/rotation players (Thad and Jrue might develop into solid starters) rather than have sit behind Willie, Sam and whatever is left of Elton Brand. This team is going to have to be really bad or really lucky to get good again; playing for ping-pong balls is the best way to do so at this point.
    That being said, you still need to have the right guy pulling the trigger; I can’t say that I have any faith in Ed, Ed (Snyder)and Eddie (Jordan)…

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