- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 27, 2001

Seen and heard last night at Charlotte (N.C.) Coliseum:
HAMILTON OUT, ALEXANDER IN The Wizards activated Courtney Alexander and placed Richard Hamilton (partial tear, right groin) on the injured list.
Hamilton is expected to be out for three to four weeks, but this is a chance for Alexander to shine. Placed on the injured list Dec.11 with injuries to his left ankle and left fibula, Alexander, who has not lived up to expectations this season, will now get the chance to show that his slow start (5.1 points, 2.4 rebounds) is not indicative of where his game is today.
"My ankle is still not 100 percent. But I've finally gotten my mind clear and my mental state is where it needs to be. But obviously I'm not in the best shape yet," Alexander said.
That fact in particular is what has Wizards coach Doug Collins wondering just how much he'll be able to use Alexander.
"He has not had one practice," Collins said. "As it is right now I don't know if he's ready to play."
Ready or not, with Hamilton out until at least the middle of next month, Alexander is going to have to step in and give Hubert Davis some help at shooting guard.
Collins basically said as much.
"It's a great opportunity for him with Rip being out to get back out there and really re-establish himself. But at shootaround today he really wasn't moving around that well."
Hamilton won't be eligible to come of the injured list until the team faces the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan.8.
GRAND THEFT Video game connoisseur Richard Hamilton ordered two of the new X-Box video games by Microsoft when the team was in San Antonio to be delivered to his residence for Christmas.
However, somebody stole the two games while they were making their way to Hamilton's place. What arrived were two boxes filled with Styrofoam and two San Antonio telephone books.
"I couldn't find them anywhere," Hamilton said of the hot-selling video game. "I can't believe it.
John N. Mitchell

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