Washington’s Jordan Named Eastern All-Star Coach

NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2007 – Washington Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan will coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars for the 2007 NBA All-Star Game, to be played on Sunday, Feb. 18, at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Jordan and the Wizards’ (27-18, .600) coaching staff earned the honor to coach the East as a result of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ (26-20, .565) 92-89 loss to the Miami Heat this evening at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Suns previously clinched the best winning-percentage through games of Feb. 4 and Mike D’Antoni and his staff will coach the Western Conference All-Stars.

Head coaches for the East and West All-Star teams are based on teams with the best winning-percentage in each conference following the Sunday games (Feb. 4) played two weeks prior to the NBA All-Star Game. Dallas Mavericks head coach Avery Johnson and Detroit Pistons head coach Flip Saunders are not eligible to coach in the 2007 NBA All-Star Game because they coached in last year’s All-Star Game.

This season marks Jordan’s fourth season at the helm in Washington. A Washington D.C. native, Jordan guided the team to its first playoff appearance (2005) in eight years and its first postseason series win since 1982. Since falling to 4-9 after a loss to Detroit on November 25, Washington has won 23 of its last 32 games. Also, after falling to 0-8 on the season on the road, the Wizards have since won nine of their last 15 road games.

The All-Star starters for both the Eastern and Western Conference were announced last week, Thursday, Jan.25, while the All-Star Reserves were revealed earlier this evening live on TNT.

The NBA All-Star Game will broadcast live on TNT, ESPN Radio and in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide at 5 p.m. PT from Las Vegas.