- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Seen and heard last night at Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif.:
CHANGING OF THE GUARD: The Wizards went with Tyronn Lue as the starting point guard even with healthy Larry Hughes available, and it sounds as if the Wizards will go with Lue as the starter and Hughes as the reserve for the foreseeable future.
"It's something that I've been thinking about for awhile," Wizards coach Doug Collins said. "But I told Larry that it's not etched in stone."
Last night marked the third start in a row for Lue at the point. Hughes' knee injury opened the door for Lue to start in a victory against New Orleans two games before All-star weekend. Collins sat Hughes against Cleveland in the last game before the break, hoping he might further heal, and Lue responded with a 15-point, six-assist, three-steal game.
Collins met with Hughes before the team's practice here on Monday and explained the situation.
"I told him that it's not only going to help the team but that's it's going to help him as well," Collins said.
"I told him that it's something that I want to try. I explained to him that it's not a demotion. I'm hoping that it will help everyone. If it doesn't, then I might have to change again. How did he take it? Well, Larry's kind of quiet, but I know he's not completely happy with it. And you know what? That's OK. I want guys who want to be on the court for 40 minutes a game."
WHITE'S BLEAK OUTLOOK: The Wizards have all but written off center Jahidi White this season. However, they might catch a break on paying out his more than $4million contract this season. White is approaching a threshold number of games missed that will trigger and pick up an estimated 80 percent of his contract.
White hasn't appeared in any games this season following a knee operation last summer.
John N. Mitchell

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