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News » Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-10-19

Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-10-19

Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-10-19Team president Ed Stefanski hired Eddie Jordan to play fast-break basketball, implement his cut-and-move Princeton offense and hold the Sixers' players accountable after four seasons with the low-key Maurice Cheeks and Tony DiLeo as head coaches. Jordan is attempting to do just that.

Jordan must get the Sixers to buy into his principles of unselfishness and looking to get teammates better shots. Veterans like Elton Brand have essentially been asked to try to ignore staples of their careers such as posting up and 1-on-1 clear-outs for a more team-oriented approach.

When Jordan sees things he doesn't like, he isn't afraid to send messages either directly or through the media. Displeased that Brand is doing more posting up and looking for his shot than setting up teammates, Jordan says something about it.

When he notices several Sixers sulking in a 14-turnover, 13-point quarter of a preseason game against the Knicks, Jordan talks to the Sixers prior to the next practice and tells them he won't tolerate such negativity.

"There was a lot of frustration," Jordan said. "We don't want to see that -- work through it and don't show it."

Jordan is regularly praising Andre Iguodala as the Sixers' best player and Samuel Dalembert for his willingness to adjust to the Princeton offense. He knows he really needs Iguodala and Dalembert to buy in for the Sixers to be successful.

When asked who was grasping the Princeton offense best four days into training camp, Jordan cited Jason Kapono and Willie Green before adding Iguodala's name to the mix. When Dalembert says how much he likes the offense, Jordan speaks of being impressed by Dalembert's basketball IQ.

The best-case scenario would be for the Sixers to start the season reasonably well. That way the players can see that Jordan's ideas work and be optimistic that it's going to get even better as they become more familiar with it. Should the Sixers struggle initially, some players could wonder why the Sixers don't revert to a more traditional offense to which they're accustomed. Brand and Marreese Speights seem less-suited to the Princeton offense than some of their teammates and more comfortable with post-ups and isolations.

COACHING STAFF: Head Coach -- Eddie Jordan, 8th year overall, 1st with Sixers (230-288). Assistants -- Mike O'Koren, Jim Lynam, Randy Ayers, Aaron McKie.

LAST SEASON, REMEMBERED: 41-41 (2nd in Atlantic), lost in six games to Magic in first round of playoffs.

THIS SEASON, PREDICTED: 36-46 (2nd in Pacific), first-round playoff exit for third straight season.

POSSIBLE CHANGES, PREDICTED: Rookie first-round pick Jrue Holiday, who is only 19, could work his way into the second unit as the season progresses.

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 20, 2009


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