- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 7, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
GASOL LOOKS LIKE THE GUY When the NBA hands out its Rookie of the Year Award, look for the Memphis Grizzlies' Pau Gasol to get the nod.
Gasol, drafted third overall by Atlanta and later shipped to Memphis for Shareef Abdur-Rahim, leads all rookies in scoring (17.5), rebounding (9.0), field goal percentage (51.4) and blocks (2.11).
"He's really a quality player," Washington Wizards coach Doug Collins said. "Really, he's a 7-footer who can take the ball off the glass and get it done. He and Shane [Battier, drafted sixth overall,] give them a good framework for the future."
Battier is second among rookies in scoring (14.5) and leads all rookies in minutes played (40.0)
Still, Collins stands firm in the belief that Wizards rookie Kwame Brown, taken with the top pick in the draft, will develop into something special in a few years.
"We think Kwame is headed in that direction; we feel very good about where we think he is going," Collins said. "When it really kicks in for Kwame, you're going to see him take the ball off the backboard, off the dribble and make plays. We saw it in the workouts; he just hasn't done much of that [in games]. We're trying to keep it really simple right now."
Brown has looked better recently. Averaging just 4.2 points, Brown had scored 14, 11, and 13 points, respectively, in his last three games.
BACK IN TIME Next Sunday's game against Indiana has been changed to its original starting time of 1 p.m. The game had been switched to 3 p.m. for the benefit of national television, but once Michael Jordan's season ended, so did much of the widespread interest in the Wizards.
NO SUPERMAN, NO SELLOUT The Wizards played only their second game of the season in front of a non-sellout crowd in Charlotte on Friday night, lending credence to the possibility that the franchise might move to New Orleans.
John N. Mitchell

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