- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Seen and heard last night at TD Waterhouse Centre in Orlando, Fla.:

SHORT-LIVED — Maryland’s Juan Dixon, who started Monday and scored a career-high 30 points against Portland, returned to the bench against the Magic. Larry Hughes, who is battling tendinitis and missed the Portland game, reclaimed his starting spot.

PASSION FOR GLORY — Even though NBA teams have fired 17 coaches in the last year — 14 in the Eastern Conference alone — Eddie Jordan of the Wizards said that when the desire to coach is in your blood, there is simply nothing you can do but continue to pursue your passion.

“It’s almost like when you’re betting in golf,” Jordan said. “The guy who wins usually wins on the first tee. You get your contract done and you say, ‘This is what it’s all about. I know I’m hired to get fired one day’ — except if you’re Larry Brown.

“You’ve worked hard, you get there. You get your deal done. You work as hard as you can, but you know right from the beginning to have a good attorney, have a good agent and get things done as fast as you can,” Jordan continued. “Make sure your family is secure because you know it’s going to happen down the road.”

Jordan has been fired once. He took over a bad Sacramento team and was fired in 1998 after leading the Kings to a 33-64 record.

So what makes this job so desirable?

“That’s the career path you’ve chosen, and you have to know the nature of the beast,” Jordan continued. “If things don’t work out — like it didn’t for me in Sacramento — you have to keep ahead. You just keep going and if things don’t work out, hopefully you didn’t burn any bridges and people like you. People might say that he’s not a good coach but he’s a good guy, so come on and join my staff. That’s where it is, and we all know that.”

John N. Mitchell

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