- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 2, 2001

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
NO SIR, CHARLES If there were any doubt how Wizards coach Doug Collins feels about Charles Barkley hinting that he might want to play for the team, there should be very little now.
Collins bristled at pregame questions regarding Barkley's recent intimation, essentially saying "no comment" a number of ways, shrugging and asking, "What do you want me to say?"
"I never knew anything about [Barkleys ideas]. We're just playing basketball. That's all there is for me to say," Collins said.
NO HILL EITHER Orlando's Grant Hill did not dress for the second straight game because of a nagging left ankle injury, an ailment supposedly unrelated to the broken bone in his left ankle that limited him to just four games last season. Hill was supposed to team with Tracy McGrady, Mike Miller and Patrick Ewing (18 points, 12 rebounds last night), but his ankle isn't letting him at the moment.
OLD BULLS As Collins said before the game, there are going to be anticipated matchups between Michael Jordan and opposing players in virtually every game this season. This one was with McGrady, but the Magic also had a couple of Jordan's former championship teammates from the Chicago Bulls Horace Grant (1991, 1992, 1993 titles) and Jud Buechler (1996-98).
"Of course you're going to keep your eye on him, see what he's doing, see how his team's doing," Grant said. "From past experiences with great teams, it's going to take time for them to jell."

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