Eddie Jordan Rumors
“I thought, maybe I could be a really solid assistant. It’s almost a perfect place,” Jordan said of the Lakers. “We could win championships and I could sit there, and be like Tex Winters and let Phil Jackson take us championships and I could retire in the sunset, but it didn’t go that way. “I had three years of not doing this for sure, and this is what I’m built for, to be a head coach,” Jordan said. “It’s great to be a coach again. I jumped right in, didn’t have to talk to anybody. I knew what I was getting into. I wanted to prove that I could do it. But I did not want to be a head coach anymore in the NBA.”
The Lakers grossly underachieved despite assembling a star-studded roster with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. Jordan accepted the job with Rutgers before the Lakers were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round. “Mike Brown hired me. He was awesome. He allowed me to do a lot in a large role and when he was gone, Mike D’Antoni was gracious enough to keep me there and I really appreciate both those guys hiring me and retaining me. [Former Bullets/Wizards coach] Bernie Bickerstaff and I were reassigned to the back of the bench and we were okay. We were happy to be a part of it,” Jordan said. “It was a season of injuries, non-chemistry, getting to know each other as the season went along. Clashes of personalities and approaches and then it was more injuries. The injury factor and chemistry kept it dysfunctional to where you couldn’t have great success.”
“After my last few experiences, I did not want to be a head coach in the NBA,” Jordan said in a recent interview. He wouldn’t elaborate on what led him to make his decision, stating simply that it was, “all of it combined.”
About that due diligence: Despite all the accolades he’s received from the university and despite the school’s many claims to the contrary, Jordan hasn’t actually finished his degree, according to the Rutgers registrar’s office. The office sent me a verification document, found below, that indicates that Jordan attended classes at Rutgers from 1973 to 1977. He went on to take more classes in 1978, 1981, and 1985. There was no degree listed in the document. I called up the registrar’s office on Thursday and asked for clarification.
Eddie Jordan opened the blinds to the windows in his office on the second floor at Louis Brown Athletic Center, letting in some sunshine and giving him a view of the Rutgers campus he fell in love with 40 years ago. He leaned back in his seat and told a joke he shared recently with some of his college friends: “I said, ‘I’m back at work. I was on vacation the last 20 years.’ ”
Preferring a small staff to the one he inherited from previous coach Mike Brown, current Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni will not retain assistants Chuck Person and Bernie Bickerstaff for the 2013-14 season. Fellow 2012-13 assistant Eddie Jordan recently accepted the head coaching job at Rutgers University, leaving three assistants on D’Antoni’s staff: Steve Clifford, Darvin Ham and Mike’s brother Dan D’Antoni.
The Los Angeles Lakers released the following statement from General Manager Mitch Kupchak regarding Eddie Jordan becoming the new Head Coach at Rutgers University: “On behalf of the entire Lakers organization, I’d like to congratulate Eddie on his new position as Head Coach at his alma mater, Rutgers University. A member of our 1982 NBA Championship team, Eddie has been a part of the Lakers family going back more than 30 years. We thank him for his contributions both as a player and coach to our club, and wish him the best of luck with the Scarlet Knights.”
Rutgers will introduce its new men’s basketball coach at his old stomping grounds Tuesday. A 4:30 p.m. ET news conference to announce Eddie Jordan’s hiring will be at the College Avenue Gym in New Brunswick, N.J., where Jordan and fellow members of Rutgers’ 1976 Final Four team played home games.
Jordan played for the Scarlet Knights from 1973-77, and is the school’s all-time leader in assists and steals. He interviewed for the position in 2010, when Rice eventually landed the job.
Los Angeles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan has agreed to become Rutgers’ head coach, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. Jordan will receive a five-year contract, the source told McMurphy. The Star-Ledger reported that Jordan’s deal is worth over $1 million per year.
The second Eddie Jordan era is about to begin. Nearly four decades after helping Rutgers reach college basketball’s pinnacle, the Scarlet Knights’ most dynamic point guard has accepted the task of leading it out of the sport’s basement. Sources with knowledge the situation said Jordan has agreed in principle to a deal in the ballpark of five years and $6.25 million. Pending an expected sign-off by the university’s board of governors, the 58-year-old Los Angeles Lakers assistant will become the Scarlet Knights’ 18th men’s basketball head coach.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Jordan badly wants return to his alma mater to coach, Rutgers has no thrilling Plan B to sell supporters. Still chance to close gap on deal.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan and Rutgers have reached impasse in contract talks, sources tell Y! Jordan wants longer than five year deal. Jordan isn’t so concerned over offer just under $1 million per, as he believes he needs longer deal to undo mess in program, sources tell Y!
Tom Luicci: All signs point to Eddie Jordan as the next Rutgers coach, possibly in a few days, but the two sides have to meet on Sunday.
Chick Hernandez: Sources confirm to me that Eddie Jordan is leaving the Lakers and will be the next coach at Rutgers University. The deal almost complete
Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Eddie Jordan is engaged in serious talks with Rutgers University about becoming the embattled basketball program’s next head coach, sources told 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.
More than three years after Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld granted his request to join a championship contender and traded him to Cleveland in the aftermath of a horrendous season that included the death of Wizards owner Abe Pollin and the gun fiasco, Jamison admits that he wishes he had handled the situation in Washington differently. “I regret it,” Jamison said. “Ernie came to me and said, ‘You deserve it. I want to do what’s best for you.’ I was frustrated. That was a tough year. But I wish I would’ve stuck it out the duration of my contract, because if it wasn’t for D.C., I don’t think I’d be where I am at professionally. They gave me that opportunity, from Ernie and Eddie Jordan and Mr. Pollin. They gave me that captain [title]. . . . That was my family.
Everywhere he turns, Earl Clark suddenly finds people interested in him. Former high school and college teammates have suddenly flooded his cell phone with calls. A pack of reporters frequently surrounds him. The Staples Center crowd continues to cheer for him. Clark’s assistant coaches have built-in excuses to tease him. “Earl, when you go out,” Lakers assistant coach Eddie Jordan said, “Can I hang out with you one night?”
Mike D’Antoni revealed Wednesday he intended to keep assistants Chuck Person, Steve Clifford and Eddie Jordan through the season. “I didn’t know Coach D’Antoni,” Person told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “But I’m sure he did his homework with those of us on this staff before he decided to keep us on to see if it works. “Mike is real laid back. He asks the coaches how we feel. He really cares about us as people.”
Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said Wednesday night that he intends to keep the assistant coaches from Mike Brown’s staff through this season and doesn’t expect he’ll add anyone to his staff until this summer. “They’re good coaches. I know almost all of them anyway. They work extremely hard. We are in a lot. I just felt like, ‘They’re here, they’re good, why change it?'” D’Antoni told ESPNLosAngeles.com before the Lakers played the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. “I’ve known all of them and I’ve seen ’em work. They’re coaches. They’re very valuable in what they add. Their insights. The more insights you have, I think the better you are.”
Long gone is Phil Jackson, with his Zen-driven cajoling and triangle offense. Gone, too, is former offensive assistant John Kuester and concepts that made the Lakers too predictable last season. If nothing else, Brown asserted himself as not simply Jackson’s replacement but as the new sheriff in town when he invited Jordan, his former playoff rival, into the fray to build an offense that will work for a team with new parts and diverse talents — not to mention competing egos. “It’s a lot of reading and reacting, a lot of connectivity,” Nash said. “You have to read the guy in front you and there’s kind of limitless possibilities out there. But that’s good. I think everyone is open and optimistic about it.”
It hasn’t exactly been a secret around the NBA that Lakers head coach Mike Brown has been courting Eddie Jordan to join his staff as an assistant coach. The official hiring of Jordan, who played for the Lakers in 1980-83 and ’84, is expected to occur in the coming days — and Brown will be hiring longtime NBA sage Bernie Bickerstaff, too.
Chris Mannix: LA’s pending hire of Eddie Jordan puts assistant John Kuester in a tough spot. Kue’s been Mike Brown’s de facto offensive coach since CLE
Over dinner in Barcelona, Bryant and Gasol discussed the changing face of the Lakers’ offense and a Hall of Fame point guard who can get them high-percentage shots, where the smarts and skills of Bryant and Nash, Gasol and Bynum make this an ideal partnership of system and talent. The Princeton demands post players with passing skills, and which 7-footer has ever been as deft moving the ball as Gasol?
(Eddie) Jordan happens to be the foremost Princeton authority in the NBA, the heir to architect Pete Carril, and that’s an immense part of why the Lakers are moving toward an agreement to hire Jordan as an assistant coach. Jordan sold his vision of the offense to a most willing subject, and ultimately Bryant departed for these Olympics convinced that the Lakers have a sound plan of action for the 2012-13 season.
“Steve is going to make it easier for Pau, because he’s an incredible distributor, but the system is perfect for [Gasol],” Bryant said. “His ability to pass the ball, to make plays from the high post – to shoot – is the perfect system for him. I’m excited for Pau because this is right in his wheelhouse.”