- The Washington Times - Monday, December 16, 2002


Seen and heard yesterday at Air Canada Centre in Toronto:
SET UP: The Raptors committed 13 turnovers, but one by Voshon Lenard was entertaining for everyone in the arena.
With just under four minutes left in the game and the Raptors trailing 85-78, Lenard attempted to inbound the ball with two seconds left on the shot clock. In an effort to get the ball back and get off a quick shot, Lenard tried to bounce the ball off Michael Jordan's back, which was turned to him.
However, Jordan, always aware of what's going on around him, turned around as Lenard attempted his little stunt, and caught the ball for another turnover.
"It was a sucker play," Jordan said with a smile. "I knew exactly what he was going to do. Two seconds is obviously not a lot of time to get a shot off. As soon as I turned my back I knew he went for it. I just turned around and I got the steal."
OAKSPEAK: Charles Oakley is famous for saying things that raise an eyebrow or two. It's become known as "Oakspeak" around the league, and he delivered his first as a Washington Wizard.
After the game Oakley was asked by Toronto reporters about the lukewarm reception Jordan received in his last trip as a player to Air Canada Centre, and Oak delivered.
"You know how they are in Canada," Oakley said. "They don't really know basketball. They don't know if they are watching polo or lolo."
John N. Mitchell


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