Phil Jasner: Eddie Jordan walks the tightrope that every coach walks in the midst of a losing streak or a seemingly hopeless downward spiral. The optimist is convinced that, with hard work and more intense teaching, things will get better. The pessimist isn't so sure.
NONE OF THEM wanted to say what was inside them after the fact. The bonds were too strong. The life experiences were too intertwined. There they were, roughly a month ago, former Penn coaches Bob Weinhauer and Jack McCloskey, onetime Penn assistant Bob Staak and former Temple coach Don Casey in Jupiter, Fla., visiting with Chuck Daly. They talked, they laughed, they reminisced.
Phil Jasner passed away in December 2010. Here is his columnist bio.
Phil Jasner joined the staff of the Philadelphia Daily News in 1972. He has covered the 76ers and the NBA on a full-time basis since 1981. Jasner is a past president of the Professional Basketball Writers Association and the Philadelphia College Basketball Writers Association. He was the Pennsylvania Sports Writer of the Year for 1999, and was presented the 2004 Curt Gowdy Media Award, presented by the Naismith Basketball Hall Of Fame for outstanding contributions to the sport during his career; he was a finalist for the award in 2001, when he also received a lifetime achievement award from the Professional Basketball Writers Association during the NBA Finals. Along the way, he has covered high school sports, the Philadelphia Big 5, the Eagles and the NFL, the World Football League, the North American Soccer League and what was then the Major Indoor Soccer League. He is a proud graduate of Temple University, and spent his early professional days at the Pottstown (Pa.) Mercury, Montgomery Newspapers (Fort Washington, Pa.), the Norristown (Pa.) Times-Herald and the Trentonian.