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Sixers fire Jordan as head coach

April 15, 2010 at 11:47 AM
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PHILADELPHIA, April 15 (UPI) -- Eddie Jordan, hired to coach the team last May, was fired Thursday by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Philadelphia finished its season Wednesday with a loss to Orlando, a decision that left the Sixers with a 27-55 record and tied for 12th in the 15-team NBA Eastern Conference. Only five teams in the league had worse records.

Philadelphia missed the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.

Sixers General Manager Ed Stefanski issued a statement saying: "Decisions of this nature are never easy but I am making this change because I didn't feel significant progress was being made on either end of the court. As the season progressed, it became increasingly clear to me that this was necessary in order to provide a new direction for our team and gain more continuity."

Philadelphia marked the third NBA coaching stop for Jordan, who previously led Sacramento (1996-98) and Washington (2003-08). He has a career coaching record of 257-343.

Jordan has two years remaining on his contract with the Sixers, a deal that is worth $6 million.

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