- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 23, 2001

Seen and heard last night at Madison Square Garden in New York.
RIP UPDATE The Wizards will re-evaluate Richard Hamilton's pulled right groin today. Hamilton suffered the injury eight minutes into the team's win at Orlando on Friday night. After a likely MRI today the team will know the severity of the injury and whether it will have to place Hamilton on the injured list. But file that under unlikely.
As for Hamilton, he walked with a visible limp, and he wasn't feeling too hot, either.
"It's still sore," Hamilton said. "It's still hard to move left to right."
If the injury is worse than anticipated, look for the Wizards to activate Courtney Alexander from the injured list, perhaps as early as this afternoon.
A TIP It was somewhat of a mystery around the country when the first All-Star voting tally came out last week and Michael Jordan was a surprisingly low sixth overall in the voting, especially considering the Wizards are the top draw in the league both at home and away.
One thing the Wizards have failed to do effectively at home is promote their players unlike other NBA teams. At the Garden there were about 40 workers wearing shirts that had "ballot brigade" stitched across the back handing out ballots in every nook and crevice. And a similar thing went on the night before in Orlando.
Meanwhile, this reporter has yet to see a ballot anywhere inside MCI Center.
IN THE HOUSE The Garden always draws the stars. Mike Tyson, Derek Jeter, actor Hugh Jackman and talk-show host Ananda Lewis sat courtside at the game.
John N. Mitchell

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