- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 15, 2001

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
SIMMONS GETS NOD Rookie forward Bobby Simmons started at small forward for the Wizards. Simmons earned the start mostly due to his play against Seattle over the weekend. He scored a career-high 13 points against the SuperSonics on a night when his teammates seemed like they didn't want to play.
Simmons didn't find out that he would be in the starting lineup until the team's shootaround yesterday morning. "He's earned it," coach Doug Collins said. "He's warranted the chance."
Simmons said that being named a starter at all this season was a surprise to him. "I kind of thought of it," the second-round pick said. "But hard work pays off. I know that. That will give me an opportunity to be on the floor."
CHECKMATE Richard Hamilton is finally going to start seeing some time at point guard, according to Collins.
"We've got to start getting him some minutes there," Collins said. "We need to be able to get him out there at the point so we can take advantage of some matchups out there."
CAFFEY FINED Milwaukee reserve forward Jason Caffey missed the team plane and was fined $10,000 by the Bucks.
EXTRA POINTS Hamilton and Chris Whitney will distribute 400 turkeys to families in the D.C. area as they host the second annual C-White and Rip Turkey Drive today at he Calvary Food Bank from 2 to 5 p.m. The food Bank is located at 600 W Street NE…. Tennis star Serena Williams sat along the baseline near Washington's bench.
John N. Mitchell


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