Monday, November 24th, 2008 at 11:11 am  |  60 responses

Wizards Fire Eddie Jordan

by Ryne Nelson

The Wizards are headed for the lottery, and Coach Eddie Jordan already received his pink slip. Injuries and bad luck ultimately defined Jordan’s five-year tenure with the team.

From the Washington Post (H/T: BDL):

According to sources familiar with the situation, the Wizards have relieved Coach Eddie Jordan of his duties. Jordan was informed of the decision this morning.

Ed Tapscott, who had carried the title of Director of Player Development but traveled with the team and essentially served as an extra assistant coach, will take over coaching duties.

Why would the Wizards fire their coach 11 games into the season?

It’s not Jordan’s fault the Wizards suffered major injuries this season and committed over $100 million to an injury prone (former) superstar guard.

Eddie Jordan, in actuality, proved he can lead a decent roster well into the Playoffs. However, when a team starts off 1-10, the coach almost always has to go—justified or not.

Jordan did a fine job with an oft-injured (and flawed) team. Jordan’s out, but no coach can save the Wizards this year.

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  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    I reported this first (check the post up)

  • niQ

    i don’t think changing coaches will help this situation.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Did Eddie Jordan injure Gilbert Arenas?

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    It’s like you said Ryne, this isn’t Eddie Jordan’s fault. I really dislike this move, and am sure this guy will find another head coacing gig in no time.

  • NACHOveli

    primero! players win, coaches lose. that has always been the rule of thumb. I think the wiz pulled the trigger on this too quick. cant they let him try to salvage the team and possibly make a move after the all-star break? I think coach jordan is one of the better coaches in the L and will have no problem finding another gig within the next year. not so fast thunder fans….

  • ber

    I have a feeling Gil will get his wish with a last place finish now.

  • http://www.hoopmixtape.com Simon S.Y Lawy

    Gil isn’t worth 100 million…

  • http://www.basketbrasil.com.br Rubens

    Man how long has Gil been injured? Is he ever coming back?

  • http://www.hoopmixtape.com Simon S.Y Lawy

    he used to coach the Eastern all star once…

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Or maybe the question should be is Eddie Jordan’s firing going to heal Gilbert Arenas?

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    i am guessing they did this so they can beat Chicago and OKC for that #1 pick?

  • Breeze

    well b-long maybe he did injured him..but without jordan this team will be injuered beyond repair…they gaurd mix up and the shot selection of steveson will gaurentee at least a runner uopp for the number 1 pick…

  • wiz

    Thats crazy this morning when i heard P.J was fired in okc and i thought would they fire eddie jordan because of the bad record, and then dam it happens i really dont think jordan should be fired with gil out and im sure alot of the players are upset wit this move

  • rav

    “Did Eddie Jordan injure Gilbert Arenas? ”

    Did Eddie Jordan give him that contract? Ah well, guess they need a scapegoat

  • Thebigticket05

    Doc Rivers = Coach Of The Year

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    Eddie Jordan, Avery Johnson, Flip Sanders, and Paul Silas all deserve to coach in the L.

  • JE

    A job in OKC, maybe?

  • Sparker

    the raps needs a coach

  • Captain America

    Good points, all. Eddie didn’t deserve being fired.

  • Keith

    Gutted Eddie Jordan has been fired. He definitely doesn’t deserve this. The Wiz has been far too hasty in pulling this move.
    Sports sucks.

  • Keith

    And add Dave Cowens to the list of coaches who deserve a job.

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    P.J yes! E.J. No!! How much sleep do you think Del Negro gets these days?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I expected Eddie to get fired if the Wiz continued to struggle, but I thought he would at least finish the season.

  • Josh

    The Wizards made the wrong move, instead of firing Eddie, they should just make a big time trade, get rid of Blatche, he’s a bum anyways, say see yea to either Stevenson, let Nick Young start and get experience, and pick up a legitimate player. Everyone is doing trades right now, get in the market, even put Caron out there even though I love the dude, he’s a sick player, but changing coaches was not the right move, changing player personnel…would have been

  • Breeze

    well i feel like eddie brought that orginazation out the darkness…they owe him more than that at least the full season..so now that they fire him gilbert needs to return the money tonighttttt!!!!

  • Keith

    I understand from a management point of view that things were not going as expected and that the manner of the loses (blowing leads late in games), was frustrating. I understand that the number of loses was pinned on EJ. I understand that. But this guy transformed a terrible franchise that had been struglling. okay, so he had 3 all stars and expectations were high, but after turning things around last season and in a conference where being .500 might still get you into the playoffs, I would have thought he would have kept his job.
    Th Wizards definitely didn’t make the right decision here. Well done guys.

  • Winslowalrob

    Jesus, I hate to sound so combative, but has anyone watched the Washington Wizards over the past five years? EJ is a decent coach, but the players have tuned him out and he has not managed to instill a decent defense in his tenure, except last year when Etan could not play (thank GOD) and EJ was forced to give Haywood the bulk of PT at C + Jamison was playing for a contract. You will notice that a lot of players get their career highs in 3 pointers against us, or no name scrubs will look like all-stars against our porous D. We run the mythical princeton offense around 15% of the time, and we still pass twice and jack up shots with 14 left on the shot clock. I wish Eddie the best, he is a good guy, snappy dresser, and he knows a lot of Xs and Os, but it was time for this marriage to end. As for the people that think Gibby is the answer, we do not need Gilbert Arenas for the regular season as much as we need Brendan (see: last season) but a healthy Gibby for the playoffs makes us hella dangerous. We will probably not make the playoffs this year, so Gibby’s health is irrelevant. Farewell Eddie.

  • riggs

    get del negro out of there, and put jordan in there

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I agree with Winslow; Eddie’s time had come and gone. Eddie knows offense and has coached career years and careers period out of some guys: Larry Hughes, Brendan Haywood, Roger Mason Jr., and Nick Young seems to be making strides. However, Eddie has struggled implementing a defensive identity and also is mediocre with rotations and late game situations. I’m sure Eddie will land on his feet somewhere as a top assisstant, but his headcoaching days seem to be done.

  • http://www.hoopmixtape.com Simon S.Y Lawy

    bobcat need a coach, sorry bet…

  • Breeze

    well i think you all are giving a final thought on something thats has been done ..if i would have asked everyone about 1 month ago ..the tune might have been a bit diffrent..see its obviouly the lost of gilbert that is effecting them…and i do agree they blow leads..but thats what gil did keep them in teh race at the end….when someone scoring 30 …that 20 and 17 starting making a better effect on teams..from caron and jamison..a new coach will have the same luck until gilberts healthy ….

  • dsleepy

    cosign on Winslowalrob

  • http://hypebeast.com Spaceship Jay


  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    All this moving and shaking for Tyler Hansborough?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Breeze: I actually said the same thing when the Wiz started the season 0-5 and even back in training camp. Just from me living in Virginia and following the Wizards pretty closely, I knew they had the same flaws they had the whole time Jordan has been coach; they don’t play consistent D, they are mediocre rebounders, they have no post presence, and thier offense revolves around the big 3 of Gil, Jamison, and Caron. When one of those guys aren’t playing or struggling, it affects the rythym of the whole team. If Jordan had ever developed a defensive identity, then the team would have something to fall back on when the offense struggled. Again, I think Eddie Jordan is a great offensive coach and x and o’s coach, but he may be best suited in an assistant coach role. Hell, I know Mike Brown or Mike Woodson could use an assistant with a workable offensive gameplan.

  • Breeze

    tadone: except for butler..and haywood whos playing defense…jamison cant guard anyone..now granted if they bring in a more defense minded coach will they score -less 85 a game…but since you from v.a i can see you have a better lense on this team..i just think that eddie was exceptional maybe never confrence finals but playoffs def with everyone in good health…maybe they could have fired eddie assistant brung in someone more on the defensive side of things nfl does it all the time that mesh will make a better team…but a totally new system with players like steveson put you back in the stone age…

  • ciolkstar

    Saw this coming. They’ve just been awful on defense and their offense doesn’t do enough in terms of getting the rock to Antwan and caron and surrounding them with shooting. I’m still a big Ja Vale McGee fan though.

  • ciolkstar

    Caron alwyas plays hard. But the lack of motivation from guys like Blatche and Nick young when they got a shot to step up was frustrating. This team has had a really entertaining personality, but I fear they worry more about haircuts and after parties than winning games. Can you still have swag when you’re 1-11?

  • ciolkstar

    Too bad for Eddie though. I always thought he was cool, sort of a players coach. I don’t think he should’ve been fired yet or that doing so will “fix” their problems. But the team had just lost a lot of discipline on both sides of the floor.
    I wonder if Gil subconciously wants them to bottom out to prove the whole “The-Wiz-might-be-better without-Arenas” Theory to be wrong.

  • http://slamonline.com Josh D

    Why are they sacking coaches so early in the year? The only reason the Wizards are struggling are injuries, and letting Roger Mason go to San Antonio, they overachievied last year.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    I’m asking the same question myself, Josh. If I recall correctly, everyone was hee hawing about Scott Skiles’ firing which (infamously) landed on Christmas Eve. This season, teams are either giving up early or are hit with the holiday spirit. :-)

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    Poor Eddie.


    i think firing EJ was absolutely unnecessary…he doesnt have his complete roster of talent, tho he does have talent on the floor(BUTLER and JAMISON) when u have a team that functions as a unit and a key component(ARENAS) is capable of playing, it ruins the chemistry of the team…and dnt think hiring a new coach is going 2 do a thing 2 fix this team as a matter of fact, i think it hurts the team even more…


    i meant 2 say ARENAS is NOT capable of playing…

  • jdubbs29

    1. You’ve got 2 all stars and you’re 1-10.
    2. Coach made excuses about players missing; never do that.
    3. Play some D for once
    It was time for EJ to go. The Wiz can lose and get a great chance at a weak draft class.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    If this team got the top 2 picks next year it wouldn’t get them in the playoffs if Gilbert doesn’t get Healthbaci.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Barrack Obama couldn’t bring enough change to help this team right now.

  • underdog

    I hope some way he lands in Detroit.

  • witness

    tom thibedeau time. i called it. its gonna happen. imagine gilbert arenas, caron butler, antawn jamison, blake griffin and jevale mcgee (or brendan haywood).

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    All these coaches being fired . . . why don’t the fire the players???

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    witness, Thibodeau ain’t leavin’ my backyard.

  • http://www.celtics.com Celts17

    Where’s Rod Strickland when you need him? Eddie Jordan is a decent guy-it’s not his fault he has no players. And let me tell you, Agent Zero sure seemed to be moving around pretty good in all those Adidas “Brotherhood” spots he filmed all summer. What a dink…

  • http://www.celtics.com Celts17

    That’s right Moose-Thibodeau ain’t goin’ nowhere! You’ll have to pry him from Boston’s cold, bloody hands! Why don’t they just hire Isaiah Thomas and go back to being the Bullets..?

  • Jolst

    Like it’s his fault…

  • http://hoops4life.com overtime

    Eddie Jordan-Most underated coach in the L

  • Jonah Motley

    This was a move made out of desperate measures, they will be in the lottery praying for a high pick.

  • Jonah Motley

    This was a move made out of desperate measures, they will be in the lottery praying for a high pick.I live in the DMV and follow the Wizards closely and have thought of different ways this team could improve, trust me this wasnt one of them. Were gonna need a stud in the draft and a likable and respectable coach to get better.

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