- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

STACKHOUSE UPDATE:# Jerry Stackhouse will have his surgically repaired knee looked at by Dr. David Atlcheck in New York on Friday, at which point he might be able to set a return date.

“When I go up there, maybe I’ll come back with some type of a timetable,” Stackhouse said. “I’m optimistic. But right now I can’t really give myself a timetable or anything like that. But I will say that I feel good. Right now I have days where I feel like I can go out there and dunk. To me that’s a good sign from the standpoint that I didn’t have any pain.”

Stackhouse had his first weightlifting session and said he did not experience any pain. He has ruled out returning this month.

BATTLE FOR JORDAN: Before the start of the season there was a significant battle between the 76ers and Wizards for Wizards coach Eddie Jordan

After Larry Brown left the 76ers for Detroit, Jordan immediately moved up on Philadelphia’s list. Jordan interviewed twice with the organization before the Wizards jumped in.

Not three hours removed from his only interview with Abe Pollin, Jordan received a call from Pollin offering him the job as he drove through Philadelphia.

“I liked their personnel to win now,” Jordan said of the 76ers. “I like the fact that [president] Billy King is a very smart basketball man. … If you want to win now you go with a team like that. I was leaning toward that. It just so happens I spent 10 minutes in the board room with Mr. Pollin. That was it.”

Philadelphia eventually hired Randy Ayers, who was an assistant under Brown.

John N. Mitchell

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