Jamison said that, at the time, he was surprised to see Jordan get fired so early in the season. "I thought it wasn't going to happen. You had some key guys injured, and we were still 12 games into the season so you still had a long way to go. But I remember getting that call, the day I found out, and how he appreciated the things that I've done and the experiences I had with him," he said.
"I learned so much from Coach Jordan and the rest of those guys. That's part of the business. Things like that happen, and sometimes I think we take it for granted that we do have the power to influence that, and it happens," Jamison said. "I been through six, seven coaches in my career, but he's definitely been a guy I've learned a lot from and became a leader and had a lot of success with, and I definitely appreciate what he's done for me."
Arenas has made several negative comments about Jordan's systems since the firing. But other than say that "athletes don't work" in the Princeton offense, he didn't place any special importance on this game. "For the team, I don't know that we're really excited about it because it was our old coach. It's more for the fans. They thought they lost a good man, and we all felt we lost a good man. But he got a job, and unfortunately it's on the East coast."
Jordan said that he was surprised that the Wizards are off to a sluggish start because "the big three are together" and the team added Mike Miller and Randy Foye. ''They've got a ton of talent, and a ton of experience,'' he said. "That's a formidable team, and they should be very good. I don't know what their problem is."
He added that he expects the Wizards to figure it out soon enough. "I know they can be a very good team," he said. "I know that. We've been around long enough to know this is a game we want to play well in. I know their personnel; they have a good team. They've got scorers, they've got veterans and they've played together for a while. I know it's a new system they're trying to learn, but they know each other."