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Eddie Jordan

Eddie Jordan

Edward Montgomery "Eddie" Jordan (born January 29, 1955 in Washington, D.C.) is the current head coach of the Washington Wizards of the NBA.

Jordan attended Rutgers University in 1973, and led the school to the 1976 NCAA Final Four, during which he was named East Regional MVP. In his senior season, Jordan was named honorable mention All-America, while setting Rutgers’ all-time career records in assists (585) and steals (220) (NBA 2006). Jordan graduated from Rutgers in 1977 with a degree in health and physical education.

Jordan was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the 1977 NBA Draft (33rd overall), and was acquired by the New Jersey Nets halfway through his rookie season. Jordan led the league in total steals (201) in 1978-1979 and was second in total steals (223) in 1979-1980 (NBA History 2006).

Jordan played for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1980-1981 season, and was a member of the 1982 NBA World Championship team. He played for the Lakers for four years and then played briefly with the Portland Trail Blazers. Jordan retired from the NBA after the 1983-1984 season. Over his seven-year career, Jordan averaged 8.1 points, 3.8 assists and 1.82 steals per game.

After retiring from the NBA in 1984, Jordan was a volunteer assistant at Rutgers University under his former college head coach, and current Wizards’ assistant, Tom Young. Jordan followed Young to Old Dominion University as a part-time assistant before and subsequently obtained an assistant coaching position at Boston College under Jim O'Brien in 1986. He also became an assistant coach at Rutgers in 1988.

In 1992, Jordan became an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings, and remained as one for five seasons. Jordan was promoted to head coach on March 20, 1997 during the final fifteen games of the 1996-97 regular season and remained the head coach during the 1997-98 season where he compiled a 33-64 record as the King’s head coach. Jordan was later fired after the 1997-98 season.

Jordan joined the Nets coaching staff on March 17, 1999 and served as the lead assistant for four seasons. While in New Jersey, Jordan helped guide the squad to consecutive Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference Championships in 2002 and 2003.

Later that year, Jordan signed a four-year contract worth a little more than $3 million with the Washington Wizards and was introduced as head coach of the team on June 19, 2003. Washington finished with a 25-57 record during Jordan’s inaugural season as head coach. The following year, Jordan helped guide the Wizards to a 20-game improvement in 2004-05. Only the Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns experienced a greater improvement in total wins from the previous year (NBA 2006).

On April 11, 2005 Jordan won his 100th career game as a head coach, and improved his career record to 103-158. During the 2004-2005 regular season, Jordan’s second with the Wizards, he led the team to a 45-37 record, which was the franchise’s best season since 1978-1979. The record established a new record for wins in a season at Verizon Center (NBA 2006), earned the team a five seed in the Eastern Conference, and was the Wizards’ first playoff berth since the 1996-1997 season. The Wizards played the fourth seeded Chicago Bulls and won the series four games to two. The team rallied from a 0-2 deficit to win the series with four consecutive wins. It was the team’s first postseason series win since 1982. Currently in his third season in Washington, Jordan is the longest tenured head coach in the Eastern Conference (NBA 2006).

Eddie and his wife, Charrisse, have two children, a son, Jackson (7), and daughter, Skylar (5). Eddie also has three sons: Justin and Eddie II from his first marriage, and Paul from an earlier relationship.

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Junior Lakers win national title (myKawartha.com) The Peterborough Merit Precision Lakers stand atop the Canadian junior lacrosse mountain. The Lakers downed the Six Nations Arrows 9-5 Saturday in Hagersville to win the Minto Cup - the Lakers' 12th Canadian junior lacrosse championship title but the club's first in 17 years.

Lakers roll over BV, 44-0 (Huron Daily Tribune) SAGINAW — This is what Bill McLellan expected from his Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port football team this season.

Kobe to Host Event in Korea (NBA.com) "NBA star Kobe Bryant will host a 'talk show' in Seoul on Friday together with Korean-American heartthrob Daniel Henney. The 28-year-old LA Lakers guard, who is touring Asia, will arrive in Seoul on Friday morning for a two-day visit. He will host the 15-minute event in Myong-dong, central Seoul, from 8 p.m., where he is expected to talk about his life and career," reports the KOREA TIMES.

Arrows Express defeat Lakers (Slam! Sports) HAGERSVILLE, Ont. (CP) - Cody Jamieson scored four goals to help the Six Nations Arrows Express advance to the final of the Minto Cup lacrosse tournament with an 8-3 win over the Burnaby Lakers Friday.

NBA Truth & Rumors: Sept. 5, 2006 (Sports Illustrated) Steve Francis said he does not regret his early, wayward years in the NBA, but neither does he blame the Rockets or Magic for the way his career has turned. Francis believes he could be what he was. If he left New York, he said he could be a high-scoring, highlight-reel All-Star.   -- Houston Chronicle

Lakers show progress in loss at Lovelock (Sierra Sun) North Tahoe's football team met the competition Friday night at Lovelock, losing 34-16 to one of the toughest teams in the Northern 2A.

Lakers win Minto Cup (Toronto Sun) IN TOMORROW'S PAPER:

Lakers open year with win (Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal) The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers' football team opened the 2006 season with a 21-6 win over Norwood Young America Thursday. Above, the Lakers' Josh Remer hands the ball off to Jake Young.

Kobe coaches Japanese children (AFP via Yahoo! News) NBA All Star Kobe Bryant coached Tokyo school children at a basketball clinic as Team USA left for home with bronze medals from the World Basketball Championship, which they won without his help.

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