- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 1, 2002

GETTING THE CALL: Although Michael Jordan has never said that he wanted to start, Wizards coach Doug Collins decided to insert Jordan as a starter for the first time this season.
It marked the second time in as many days the Wizards trotted out a different lineup. On Friday night in Indianapolis, Collins started rookie Jared Jeffries in his first appearance in his home state.
In each case, Collins has benched Bryon Russell. However, this is not because Collins is displeased with the way Russell is playing. Russell actually has been suggesting to Collins that he wanted to come off the bench to give the Wizards some much needed punch in reserve.

MOOSE HONORED: Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose, members of the sniper task force and Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan were the Wizards' guests. Moose, of course, was the central figure in the hunt for the snipers who terrorized the region for three weeks in October.

TRADE WORKING WELL FOR SIXERS: When Philadelphia traded Dikembe Mutombo to New Jersey for current starters Todd MacCulloch and Keith Van Horn, most felt the Sixers would lose toughness and continue their slide in the division. So far the opposite has happened.
Philadelphia entered the game with a record of 13-4, tops in the Atlantic Division. Last season Philadelphia didn't win its 13th game until Jan.2.

John N. Mitchell


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