- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 2, 2003

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

WRITING’S ON THE WALL — New Jersey Nets president and general manager Rod Thorn said that he knew he was going to lose Eddie Jordan to some team even before last season’s playoffs ended.

“Oh, you knew we had no chance at keeping him with all those [11] coaching vacancies opening up,” Thorn said. “But this is good for Eddie. He’s a quality guy and he deserves the opportunity.”

In recent days Thorn has been trying to calm some of the storms that have enveloped two-time Eastern Conference champion New Jersey, where Jordan was the top assistant the last four seasons.

Much of the controversy has been over a perception that Jordan was the main man in the Meadowlands, not head coach Byron Scott, and Jordan won’t touch that issue.

“It’s like looking into a mirror; like fighting your big brother,” Jordan said before the game. “We’d like to be like the two-time defending champions in the conference. They do what we do, only they do it better.

“But I’ve got big-time feelings for those guys in that locker room, personal feelings,” Jordan continued. “That’s my job tonight. I’ve got to put those feelings behind me and concentrate on the game at hand and what we have to do to win.”

MOURNING’S RECOVERY — One has to wonder how far Alonzo Mourning has to go before he really is close to being himself. Mourning came off the bench to relieve Brian Scalabrine at power forward for New Jersey and scored eight points and grabbed a rebound. Mourning signed with the Nets during the offseason after sitting out last season with a kidney condition.

John N. Mitchell

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