- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 27, 2004

PHILADELPHIA — Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan, who was diagnosed with a blood clot in his left calf Thursday and is recovering in a Washington-area hospital, is expected to rejoin the team in time for Wednesday’s home game against New Jersey.

“Our prayers are with Coach,” forward Antawn Jamison said before yesterday’s overtime loss at Philadelphia.

Jordan never made it to the team’s Thursday morning practice at MCI Center. While having a pre-practice breakfast meeting with assistant coach Mike O’Koren at a local coffee shop, Jordan complained of discomfort in his calf.

Jordan was examined by team trainer Eric Waters when he arrived at practice, and Waters suggested that Jordan have his leg examined. By the time the team gathered for the evening bus ride up Interstate 95, Jordan had been admitted to the hospital.

“We were all wondering where Coach was,” Jamison said. “Now that we know, we just hope he’s going to be OK.”

Although blood clots can prove fatal, Jordan’s is not believed to be life-threatening. Clotting can be the result of damage to the inside of blood vessels; changes in normal blood flow, including unusual turbulence or partial or complete blockage of blood flow; or a condition known as hypercoagulability, a rare state in which blood is more likely than usual to clot.

The leading contributors to clotting are prolonged sitting; prolonged bed rest; recent surgery; and recent trauma to the lower body, such as fractures in the hip, thigh or lower leg.

O’Koren, who also served as an assistant coach with Jordan in New Jersey, expressed his concern for Jordan’s return to health.

“Eddie and I are very close. As far as coaching, he has taught me all I know about coaching,” O’Koren said. “He’s getting good rest. I’ve talked with him a few times since he checked in to the hospital. He’s getting rest up there, and he should be fine.”

While Jordan mends, the Wizards are unlikely to stray from what they have been doing this season.

“The type of offense we run is geared for the guards to run it. Gilbert and Larry are very comfortable in it,” Jamison said. “Defensively I think it’s more my job to get the guys focused and the intangibles. But it’s not just myself, Larry and Gilbert. It’s pretty much everybody on the team. Coach has been a very big part of our success. We’ve got to find a way to pick up our slack. But we have faith in our assistant coaches, and we think we can get the job done.”

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