- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Seen and heard last night at Philips Arena in Atlanta:

HOME AT LAST Last night's game marked the debut of Washington Wizards second-year forward Kwame Brown in Georgia, his home state. Last year he missed the team's game here with a sprained ankle.

"It's great to be home," said Brown, who grew up in Brunswick. "It's good to come down here and be with people where I don't have to be anybody but myself. It's a lot different this time because I'm not sitting on the bench."

Wizards coach Doug Collins has been leery of playing young players when they return home since an experience earlier this season with Jared Jeffries. When the Wizards played at Indiana on Nov. 29, Jeffries started and struggled, picking up two fouls within the first two minutes of the game.

"The key with any of these young guys in situations like this is that you've got to get them to stay calm when they get in there," Collins said.

Brown didn't get the start against the Hawks.

WHITE UPDATE Wizards center Jahidi White, who has not played this season because he is rehabilitating his surgically repaired left knee, will have it re-evaluated today and could be cleared to practice with the team as soon as tomorrow.

White has yet to have any physical contact. He has been working out and doing individual drills. However, White is substantially heavier than his normal weight, 290 pounds.

ON THE CHEAP The Hawks held one of those contests in which a fan gets a chance to make a few baskets from various spots on the court, and this guy clearly knew what he was doing. He hit two of his first three shots from long range, and as time expired he nailed a bank shot from halfcourt.

The Hawks, however, awarded him with 500 lottery tickets and not a cash reward. The Hawks aren't drawing any fans this year, but that's beyond cheap.

John N. Mitchell

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