GM 63 RECAP: TOAST

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/10/10 1:42 pm EST

After last night’s 107-96 debacle against Indiana, which was missing its best player in Danny Granger, that one word pretty much describes the 76ers (23-40), Eddie Jordan and us today.  It was another horrific loss by the Philadunkia’s home team that featured no defense, insane lineup choices / rotations and poor shot selection.  You’ve heard it all right here before, so there really isn’t anything new that we can say from an X & Os standpoint about loss number 40 in this train wreck of a season.  We’re simply tired of writing about the same issues the day after every Sixers game.  Basically we’re toast.

It obvious that arguably the Sixers two best players Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala, have quit on this season and are toast too. 

You can see it in their body language that they’ve had enough of the losing and Eddie Jordan’s insanity.  We said that two weeks ago, but it was never more obvious then last night, as the so called “leaders” of this franchise gave half-hearted efforts on the court vs. Indiana.  It’s especially noticeable with Iguodala on the defensive end.  He clearly has given up on playing the typical lock down defense he has become known for in this League.  We can’t say we blame him either, because outside of Jrue Holiday’s ball pressure and Sammy D’s shot blocking no one else on this team has played defense in months. 

As for Brand, well all you have to do is read between the lines of his post game quotes.  Let’s be honest, Brand does not like Jordan and his system one bit, and for months the Sixer big man has been implying that Jordan’s coaching is the main issue with this team, but his wise cracking post game comments last night left no doubt.  When asked if the Pacers loss was because of match-up issues, Brand replied rather sarcastically, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, probably a matchup thing.  We didn’t utilize our mismatches and they utilized theirs.  Guys like Dahntay Jones and (Brandon) Rush, 25 points and 24 points…”   If you can’t see through that not so well disguised shot at Jordan, then you should visit the nearest Kramer eye center. 

Head coach Eddie Jordan is toast as well and we’re not just talking about the fact that he is going to lose his job at the end of the season (More on that later.).  He’s had enough of Brand and Iguodala and probably Ed Stefanski as well.  In what we can only assume is an act of revenge on his three combatants, Jordan has taken to running the Princeton offense again and benching Brand and AI9 for long periods of time .  Last night neither Brand nor AI9 played much in the 3rd quarter and they did not play at all in the 4th. 

With Brand it’s a personal thing for Jordan.  The two have not gotten along since day one and we believe that Jordan blames Brand’s presence, his “Philly Max” contract and the directive from above to get Brand the ball as the reasons for the Princeton offense not working here in Philadelphia and his tenure failing in general.  As for Iguodala, well we can’t exactly pinpoint where the Sixers “superstar” and Jordan hit a rough spot, but it’s become obvious that AI9 has fallen out of favor with the head coach. 

On the Stefanski front it’s simply a power struggle thing.  Jordan has not appreciated Stefanski telling him how to run this team and now that Jordan is taking the fall for this disaster of a season, he’s going to go down in flames his own way.

The good news out of all of this mess is that the 2009-10 season appears headed for a Titanic-like ending and that will put the Sixers much closer to the Top 5 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft that this franchise so desperately needs.

Philadunkia Notes:

The whole Eddie Jordan is getting fired story line has been getting a lot of attention over the last couple of days in the “main stream” media.  Look we’ve all known for a while now that Jordan was getting fired at some point and would not be back for the 2010-11 season.  It was obvious when Stefanski brought Iverson back that the Eddie Jordan and his Princeton offense experiment was over.  It became even more obvious in late January when Stefanski began playing puppet master and had Jordan insert rookie Jrue Holiday into the starting lineup and reinsert Brand into the first-five.  The idea that Jordan would not return for a second season was cemented when he lost this team completely two weeks back.  Any Sixers fan could see the writing on the wall, Jordan was one and done here in Philly.  There was no doubt about it.

Any decent Sixers fan could also deduce that Ed Stefanski’s career as the Sixers GM was in serious danger as well.  On top of mistakes like giving Brand the “Philly Max” and Iguodala $80million, Stefanski was also the one who brought Jordan to Philly.  

So last week sports radio 610 WIP host Howard Eskin “broke the news” that Jordan would be fired at the end of the season.  Eskin of course cited “sources” within the Sixers organization as his informants.  In today’s Inqy, Kate Fagan continues with this storyline and writes that she has confirmed with multiple “sources” within Comcast and the Sixers that Jordan will be fired, possibly before the end of the season and that Ed Stefanski’s job could be in jeopardy as well.

Can we please just stop with this story angle?  It’s yesterday’s news.  We have no doubt that both Eskin and Fagan checked with good sources on this one as they both have proven to be solid journalists over the years.  We also realize that there is an enormous amount of pressure on “main stream” journalists to out “scoop” the competition or unearth “breaking news stories”.  However, if you’re going to “break” a story and it’s going to get major air time or page space, then try to tell us something that the average Sixers fan on the street doesn’t already know.


 
 
 

3 Responses to “GM 63 RECAP: TOAST”

  1. psv
    10. March 2010 at 14:05

    To be fair, it is a news story because just last month, the Sixers were shopping Iguodala and it wasn’t clear why. Was it to help Jordan make a playoff push? Was it Stefanski’s attempt to blow up the whole team? Or was Stefanski bluffing his way into keeping his job by putting Jordan in a no win (literally and figuratively) situation?

    In the end, I’m glad to know Jordan is toast. I don’t care much for Stefanski; I think Speights was a poor draft choice but Jrue was a good one. I think trading Korver was a great deal, but he overpaid Brand. Iguodala is a well rounded player, and based on salaries league wide, I think he isn’t being paid too much. He’s certainly not the #1 guy, though. He’s definitely a Scottie Pippen type player.

  2. psv
    11. March 2010 at 16:44

    I’m not so concerned about scoring as I am defense, and Jrue, from what I’ve seen, is an excellent defender prone to rookie mistakes. With the right coaching, he’ll be an excellent PG for years.

    Same with Iguodala. He isn’t the greatest shooter, but on the defense end he can take on the other team’s best player – and not take stupid fouls. Statistically, he’s one of the better players at his position. He has no killer instinct, which is why he’s a ‘Pippen like player’ but not the second coming of Pippen.

    You don’t really see it this season, given that Jordan has no interest in defense.

    With that in mind, Speights was a lousy pick. He’s even mentioned in interviews he’s a bad defender and that he doesn’t really care since he can put up numbers. That’s great for Jordan’s system, but gunners are a dime a dozen in this league. Unless he’s hitting over 60% of his shots, he’s offering absolutely nothing to the team. And since his injury, he hasn’t.

    As for Brand, I love the guy. I think he’s a workhorse. I guess my issue with him is it really has nothing to do with him and is more on Stefanski’s philosophy: Brand was signed to a big time contract, but he didn’t give Mo Cheeks any leash to incorporate him. He fired Mo, DiLeo takes over, institutes another system that shows glimmers of promise, then Brand goes down with a freak accident. Instead of building on that, Stefanski hires Jordan, instituting yet ANOTHER system. So out of three coaches, only one showed promise, and we wasted a year. Presumably there’ll be yet another system, at which point Brand will start seeing the downside of his career (assuming that we haven’t, but I do think we have given how he’s moving).

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