Eddie Jordan meets with 76ers

Updated: May 15, 2009, 9:22 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Eddie Jordan could have his choice of coasts.

One option is the Philadelphia 76ers, the franchise he interviewed with Friday and has ties with team president Ed Stefanski.

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The other choice might be the Sacramento Kings, where he began his head coaching career and interviewed with the owners this week for a shot at finishing what he started.

It's up to each team to decide if Jordan is the right man. It's also up to Jordan to decide which team is closer to contention and offers the best shot at job security.

Jordan's interview with Stefanski was Philadelphia's first with a candidate since Tony DiLeo stepped down as coach on Monday and returned to his job as a vice president and assistant general manager.

Stefanski and Jordan did not immediately return requests for comment.

"Throughout this process, we will keep our conversations and discussions with potential candidates private," the Sixers said in a statement. "The coaching search is ongoing and the organization will continue its due diligence."

Unlike the Sixers, the Kings have decided to keep their fans involved in the decision-making. They have posted candidates and commented on interviews on the team's Web site -- discussing the pros of both Jordan and Dallas Mavericks' executive vice president of basketball operations Paul Westphal.

The Sixers have decided to shun their fan base and keep the search private.

Jordan has ties with Stefanski from their four seasons together with the New Jersey Nets. Jordan was an assistant coach and Stefanski worked in the front office when the Nets played in two straight NBA finals. He was fired by the Washington Wizards in November after a 1-10 start despite having led them to four straight playoff berths.

Jordan had his first head coaching job in Sacramento from March 1997 until 1998, when he was fired after going 33-64. He was replaced by Rick Adelman, who led the Kings to eight consecutive winning seasons and playoff berths.

Sacramento fired interim coach Kenny Natt last month after the club finished an NBA-worst 17-65 during a season in which they fired coach Reggie Theus early in his second season.

Philadelphia finished 41-41 this season and was 32-27 under DiLeo, who replaced the fired Maurice Cheeks. They have made the playoffs two straight seasons and were knocked out in the first round each time.


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