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Wizards plus

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 16, 2008

SEEN AND HEARD AT VERIZON CENTER

Rehabilitating Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas added yet another autographed jersey to his collection when the Pacers came to town, getting Indiana point guard T.J. Ford to sign a road jersey before game time.

Ford is a fifth-year player with a career average of 11.8 points and 6.7 assists, but his jersey wouldn't be considered a hot commodity to many basketball fans. Arenas believes differently, however.

“I had to get it; he didn't play for them last year,” Arenas said in the locker room before the game. “If it's an NBA player's jersey, it's worth something. Any autographed NBA jersey is worth at least $250.

“But Kobe's is worth between $550 and $750,” said Arenas, who figures his own official autographed jersey is worth between $250 and $500.

Ford's jersey was roughly the 600th entry in Arenas' collection. And the addition continued a trend for Arenas, who before every home game has a member of the Wizards' public relations staff take a jersey to the opposing locker room to have a player of Arenas' choosing sign it.

— Mike Jones

QUOTABLE

"Someone asked me the other day if I have a dog house. I said, 'No I don't have a dog house, I have a Palace of Good Play.' I'm looking for someone who's playing well so I can put them in that palace."

— Wizards coach Ed Tapscott on his disappointment over the Wizards' struggling backcourt, which saw five players combine for 15 points in the loss to Indiana

BY THE NUMBERS

238 Career double-doubles for Wizards forward Antawn Jamison, who with 26 points and 15 rebounds Monday night recorded his 15th of the season. Last season, Jamison averaged 21.4 points and 10.2 rebounds and had a career-high 44 double-doubles.