- The Washington Times - Monday, April 1, 2002

Seen and heard yesterday at MCI Center:
DNP Wizards coach Doug Collins decided against playing big men Jahidi White, Brendan Haywood and Etan Thomas, mostly because of the matchup problems that the up-tempo Mavericks cause. Look for White to be back in the starting lineup when the Los Angeles Lakers come to town tomorrow. Haywood will probably be used, too.
Etan Thomas, however, is more of a question mark. The game marked the third time in five games that Thomas has not gotten off the bench. In his last appearance against Milwaukee on Friday, Thomas played just two minutes. However, three nights earlier against Denver he scored a career-high 13 points.
MCI GUESTS There was little surprise in seeing Dallas owner Mark Cuban sitting courtside. After all, Cuban and internet mogul/Capitals owner Ted Leonsis are tight, and Cuban probably attends more road games than any owner in the league. However, the crowd really got into it when multi-Grammy Award winner Carlos Santana was introduced. Santana sat baseline wearing dark shades and a brim.
NEW EDITION Longtime Wizards public relations director Maureen Lewis Nasser gave birth to a 7-pound, 3-ounce boy Saturday.
John N. Mitchell


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