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Report: Lakers assistant coach Eddie Jordan offered Rutgers coaching job

Apr 12, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

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It looks like the Princeton offense could be headed back to New Jersey.

Eddie Jordan, the current Lakers assistant coach who the franchise brought in to help set up a hybrid Princeton offense (a plan Kobe Bryant asked for then the team ditched five games into the season), could be the new head man at Rutgers.

That according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

In the aftermath of the scandal surrounding former coaches physically abusing players in practices, Rutgers offered Jordan the job after University of Rhode Island coach Danny Hurley turned down an offer from the school earlier this week, sources said.

Jordan will meet with Rutgers officials face-to-face, sources said, this weekend to try to finalize an agreement.

Jordan was an NBA head coach with Sacramento, Washington, and most recently one season with Philadelphia.

It seems like a smart hire.

First, it calms the waves after the Mike Rice debacle by bringing in a respected and professional coach. Second, he’s a Rutgers alumnus.

Most of all, this is smart because the Princeton offense is a good fit at a school like Rutgers. It’s great to run the dribble drive motion offense of Kentucky when you have that kind of elite talent every year. But that’s not the guys you can recruit to Rutgers (no offense). So bring in a system where the players are in a disciplined system that is hard to defend without a level of discipline not usually seen in college ball (or the NBA, but it’s a more complex issue there). It may take a couple years, but Jordan can have success there and as a former NBA coach he should have the credibility to recruit.

  1. kingbeason52 - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    He should be more worried about getting 3 future HOF’s into the playoffs..clawing for that 8th seed..on paper the Lakers should be the best team in the league..what happened?

    • money2long - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      you weren’t paying attention to all the injuries, coaching change, etc?

      • kingbeason52 - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        LOL what do injuries and a coaching change have to do with them atleast being a middle of the road playoff team…Kobe runs his team just like P.Manning..there is no real coach..just plug one in..lame excuses..I remember a few years ago Lebron was leading the Cavs to a #1 seed in the NBA with no help..but Kobe,Dwight, & Steve are treading water for the 8th comparison just saying..wasted year

      • money2long - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        what do injuries to the team’s vital players have to do with success?

        maybe if they had a bench it wouldn’t hurt as much. but i think you can answer your own question when you think about it.

      • dannymac17 - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:27 PM

        you mean to tell me you guys have excuses??


      • thesecondlakerzealot - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:19 AM

        Whoever thinks injuries did not play a huge role in the failure (Yes, getting 8th is a failure in LAKER land) of this season, they have an unquestionably large amount of basketball ignorance.
        Second, when you change coaches, especially bringing in one that is so defensively incompetent, combined with a bench that would have a tough time guarding a room full of folding chairs, makes any older, star-studded roster look bad.
        Also, Dwight is coming off of back surgery, which is decreasing his dominance as well as his ability to make the poor perimeter D look “decent”…

  2. badintent - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Eddie will do fine there. Lots of competition for the top high school talent in Philly and New York but he should be able to bring in some studs with his pro credentials. I wish him all the best.

  3. hammycheeseer - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    After leaving the lakers, Eddie Jordan is sure to face the hard reality that winning basketball games is A LOT harder when you don’t have the refs to rig the games for you.

  4. davidly - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:39 AM

    @the secondlakerzealot:
    Whoever thought a team whose brand-new primary offensive core consisting of major back surgery & age related injuries from the previous season–coupled with an already-aging starting line-up and a bench with nearly no name–was going to come together in one year to become “a contender for the title” has likewise the aforementioned unquestionably large amount of basketball ignorance.

    Of course they were encouraged by the so-called experts.

  5. fnc111 - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    King52, You just blamed the bad record the lakers have on Eddie Jordan basically saying its not a good hire for Rutgers. Then you say Kobe doesn’t need a coach he is his own man and can win without help. You’re contradicting yourself.

    • badintent - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      He’s been doing that since birth.

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Fast Eddie.

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