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Eddie Jordan to be fired...

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    By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer

    PHILADELPHIA April 15, 2010 (AP)

    Eddie Jordan and his Princeton offense flunked in Philadelphia.

    Philadelphia 76ers coach Eddie Jordan walks off the court after the 76ers' 125-111 loss to the Orlando Magic in an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, April 14, 2010. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
    (AP)A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Eddie Jordan will be fired Thursday after one season as Philadelphia 76ers coach.

    The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an announcement has not been made. Jordan is finished after an underachieving season that had the Sixers mired near the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Jordan was hired last summer and sold his Princeton offense as the way to turn them into contenders.

    Instead, players were unhappy with his system almost from the start. The Sixers finished 27-55 and missed the playoffs for the first time in three years.

    The Sixers will look for their fourth coach in three seasons.

    Jordan, who was fired last season by Washington, has two years left on his contract and is owed $6 million.

    The person did not address the status of team president and general manager Ed Stefanski. Stefanski hired Jordan last May. Jordan, who starred at Rutgers, had ties with Stefanski from their four seasons together with the New Jersey Nets.

    Jordan said Wednesday he was "not concerned" about his job security before the Sixers lost to the Magic 125-111 to end the season. Jordan had said he anticipated a team meeting, player-exit meetings and taking his staff out to lunch on Thursday.

    "If you want to be judged alone on the record, then we are where we are," Jordan said. "But as far as track record, as far as how the league works, as far as evaluating your personnel, maybe we need more time."

    He won't get any more.

    Jordan's dismissal had been widely speculated for months. His hire was panned by fans and media from the day he arrived and the players never warmed to the Princeton offense.

    Marreese Speights, Thaddeus Young and Lou Williams were among the promising core of young players whose progress took a major step back this season. Elton Brand hasn't performed up to the $80 million contract Stefanski gave him two summers ago, Samuel Dalembert was his usual erratic self and Andre Iguodala continued to prove he can't carry the franchise.

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