Updated: June 2, 2003, 10:28 AM ETBy By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Philadelphia 76ers: With high-profile Larry Brown gone and the popular Maurice Cheeks still tangled up in Portland, the Sixers are eyeing Nets assistant Eddie Jordan. "My gut feeling is I think he'll get a job offer," New Jersey GM Rod Thorn said in the NY Post. "Eddie has done a fine job, I think he's well regarded and I think it's coming. It's just a matter of when." Jordan has already interviewed once with Philly and has also drawn consideration from Washington and Toronto. Still wondering how the Philadelphia 76ers could give Larry Brown a free ticket out of town? Ronald Thillery of the Memphis Commercial has the reason: "He is basketball's equivalent of an adulterer, having regularly cheated on his employers and players, most recently those with the Philadelphia 76ers. Brown asked out of his Sixers contract with two years left claiming he'd taken the Sixers as far as he could. The truth is he didn't, having never won a ring, and then bailed when the team regressed. The Sixers' rise and fall underscores the point that Brown is mostly great in the beginning but then self-destructs before reaching a satisfactory end." Houston Rockets: By process of elimination, Houston is now down to candidates, Jeff Van Gundy and Mike Dunleavy, with Brown and Paul Silas taking jobs elsewhere. "We don't plan to talk to anyone else, though that can always change," Rocket GM Carroll Dawson said in the Houston Chronicle. "We were happy with the people we interviewed all week. We'll move on to the next part of the process soon." Rumor had it that the Rockets would have preferred Brown or Silas but with two teams eliminated from the negotiation process, than can now possibly leverage these two remaining candidates into cheaper deals.