College - Rutgers
A member of the 1982 NBA Champion Lakers as a player, Eddie Jordan returns to the franchise for his first season on the Lakers coaching staff. Bringing a wealth of experience to the bench after having served as an NBA head coach for three different teams over nine seasons, Jordan is perhaps best known for his success implementing the storied Princeton Offense at the professional level. Jordan, who most recently served as head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in 2009-10, has compiled a career regular season mark of 257-343 (.428) and a playoff record of 8-18 (.308) over nine seasons with Sacramento, Washington and Philadelphia.
Born and raised in Washington, DC, Jordan served as head coach of his hometown Wizards from the 2003-04 season through the first 11 games of 2008-09. After inheriting a Wizards team that posted a losing record in five straight seasons, Jordan was able to guide the 2004-05 Wizards to their highest win total in 25 years in just his second season, while giving Washington its first playoff berth since 1997 and advancing past the first round for the first time since 1982. Jordan’s Wizards made four straight playoff appearances from 2004-05 through 2007-08; prior to his arrival, Washington made the playoffs just once over a 16-year span. With the Princeton Offense installed, Jordan’s Wizards ranked sixth in the league in scoring in 2004-05, third in 2005-06 and fourth in 2006-07.
Before his time with the Wizards, Jordan served as the lead assistant coach on Byron Scott’s staff in New Jersey from 1999-2003, helping the Nets to the NBA Finals in back-to-back years in 2002 and 2003. Prior to his work with the Nets, Jordan was an assistant coach with Sacramento for five seasons beginning in 1992, before being named head coach of the Kings for the final 15 games of the 1996-97 campaign. He would spend his first full season as an NBA head coach with the Kings for the 1997-98 season, his last year with the club.
After retiring from the NBA in 1984, Jordan was a volunteer assistant at his alma mater Rutgers. He followed Head Coach Tom Young to Old Dominion as a part-time assistant before landing an assistant coaching position at Boston College under Jim O’Brien where he served from 1986-88. He would later return to Rutgers as an assistant coach under Bob Wenzel from 1988-91.
Originally selected by Cleveland in the second round of the 1977 NBA Draft (33rd overall), Jordan averaged 8.1 points, 3.8 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.82 steals in seven seasons with the Cavaliers, Nets, Lakers and Trail Blazers. While with the Nets, Jordan led the league in total steals in 1978-79 and was second in 1979-80. Jordan was also a member of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 1982 championship team. Prior to playing in the NBA, Jordan led Rutgers to the 1976 NCAA Final Four as a junior and was named East Regional MVP. Jordan was named honorable mention All-America after his senior year, while setting the Scarlett Knights all-time marks in assists and steals.
Jordan and his wife Charrisse have two children, son Jackson and daughter Skylar. Jordan also has three sons: Justin, Eddie II and Paul. Charrisse Jordan was appointed President of “Behind the Bench,” a non-profit organization developed by the National Basketball Wives Association, which raises funds and awareness for charities that benefit women and children.