When he wasn't talking about the challenges of his golf swing yesterday, former Sixer Charles Barkley was only too eager to give his opinion on which direction the team should go in its search for a new head coach.

"I think Eddie Jordan would be a fine choice," he said. "They're going to have a good, solid team. They're pretty much stuck with the team they've got for the next few years, because they're paying [some] guys so much money. I think he's a helluva coach. He did a good job with Washington. That team probably overachieved. Him getting to the playoffs every year, people started thinking they deserved to go farther, but they weren't that good.

"And Tony DiLeo, he did a good job this year. You've got to give him credit. But he wanted to go back upstairs [to the front office]." *

- Mike Kern