- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 3, 2007

Last night at Verizon Center


Instead of taking the Lakers through shoot around yesterday morning, coach Phil Jackson opted to give his team, which played the night before in Indiana, the morning off.

So Jackson had the Lakers go on a sightseeing tour of the District. The team’s bus went past the monuments and other notable places.

“I did it for the guys who have never seen it before,” said Jackson, who has two foreign-born players on the roster in Vladimir Radmanovic and Sasha Vujacic. “And I did it for guys like Kwame Brown. He played here, but I don’t know if he saw them.”

• Wizards coach Eddie Jordan has indicated that he would go with the best matchup at power forward, going with a mix of Calvin Booth, Jarvis Hayes and Andray Blatche. However, look for Jordan go with Hayes as the primary starter until Antawn Jamison (sprained knee) returns in three to six weeks.


Darius Songaila entered the game at the end of the first quarter. It marked his first appearance as a Wizard since the team signed him during the summer. Songaila last played in an NBA game on March 10 of last season, almost a full year ago.

John N. Mitchell



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