Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Updated: March 11, 10:03 AM ET
Source: Jordan to be evaluated
ESPN.com news services
Despite a report that his firing could come soon, Philadelphia 76ers' coach Eddie Jordan will be evaluated at the end of the season, a source told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher on Wednesday.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Tuesday that Comcast-Spectacor was ready to fire the coach, who is 23-41 in his first year with the Sixers.
The newspaper's sources said that Jordan could be fired during the season but more likely after the final game. Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider was "up in arms" over Jordan's coaching, according to the Inquirer.
Jordan responded to the speculation later Wednesday, telling the Associated Press, "that if you know how to handle it, then it won't bother you."
Jordan also said he hasn't approached his bosses regarding the report.
General manager Ed Stefanski, who signed Jordan to a four-year deal in May 2009, will also be reviewed, the newspaper reported.
The Sixers went to the playoffs last season under Tony DiLeo, who coached the team after Maurice Cheeks was fired after 23 games. Philadelphia brought Allen Iverson back this year, but he has since left the team for personal reasons and won't return.
The club has also battled injuries. Elton Brand, who signed a big free-agent contract in 2008, has been hurt and is averaging only 13.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game this season after putting up 18.8 points and 9.5 boards per contest for his career. Last year, his first in Philly, his numbers were down as well.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report