Apr 15, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT
This news comes not with any surprise, save for the season-long surprise of just how quickly things went bad this season in Philadelphia.
CBS’s Ken Berger (via twitter) and other sources are reporting that the Sixers will host an 11 a.m. news conference to announce the firing of Eddie Jordan as coach. Reports are that team president Ed Stefanski will stay on with the franchise.
The Sixers finished the season 27-55. Jordan came in and instituted a complex Princeton offense that the players never really understood or executed well. Things were no better on the defensive side of the ball, where outside of creating turnovers the Sixers were bad at just about everything.
Injuries didn’t help. Elton Brand making big bucks to be average didn’t help. But in the end this team has more talent than 27 wins, but Jordan could not coax it out of them.
The problem is Stefanski has built a team stuck in the middle — in need of a total rebuild but unable to do so because of the huge contract he gave Brand. Regardless of who is the coach, the Sixers may be better but they will not be very good or start to be able to build toward that for several years.