Eddie Jordan hasn’t been an NBA head coach since he was fired in 2010 after one failed season in Philadelphia. Three years later, Jordan is now a college head coach at Rutgers and hopes to help the program return to the level of respectability that it had during his playing days, when he led the Scarlet Knights to the 1976 Final Four.
No matter how he fares at his alma mater, the Wizards’ most successful coach in the past 34 years has already decided that he’s done seeking a head job in the league.
“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.”
The Wizards won at least 41 games and made the playoffs in each of his past four full seasons in Washington. He takes pride in knowing that the Wizards and Detroit Pistons were the only Eastern Conference teams to make the playoffs in every season from 2005 to 2008.
“That’s a heck of a stat,” Jordan said. “Only two teams.”
Jordan coached the East in 2007 all-star game, when the Wizards spent a brief period with the best record in the conference. But that season ended poorly and also represented the deterioration of his relationship with Gilbert Arenas, whose career derailed in April 2007 after Jordan benched him for being late and Arenas injured his left knee in a collision with Gerald Wallace shortly after entering the game. The Wizards also lost Caron Butler to a broken hand and Cleveland swept them in the first round. They returned to make the playoffs the next season, but Jordan knows that the NBA never left room for comfort.