- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 31, 2002


Seen and heard last night at TD Waterhouse Centre in Orlando, Fla.:
STRUGGLE CONTINUES Grant Hill is gong to be out for at least another two weeks as a result of a frustrating case of tendinitis in his surgically repaired left ankle.
Hill thought he might be available to the team against the Wizards, but it was decided during the team's morning shoot-around that he would be shelved for the next two weeks.
"I feel better but they want me to shut it down for a while," Hill said. "We've got a really good week for the first time with three days off. So I'm still up and down and I'm sure it's frustrating for everybody. I'd like to play tonight because it would be a lot of fun, but as of right now I'm not allowed."
Hill is averaging 15.3 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds. He hasn't been able to practice with the team since training camp. Still, Orlando coach Doc Rivers is happier having Hill on the roster than in street clothes, which is where he spent most of his time the previous two seasons.
"There are times when he absolutely just fumbles the ball, loses his dribble," Rivers said. "He doesn't practice and I don't know how he does it from night to night. It's amazing to me that he's been able to play as well as he has."
WANTING JUAN Wizards rookie guard Juan Dixon was on the wish list of a lot of coaches, and that included Doc Rivers.
"I liked him a lot," Rivers said. "I think he's tough. I see a lot of Darrell Armstrong in him."
Armstrong is a sometimes-starter in Orlando who is in his eighth season out of Fayetteville State.
John N. Mitchell

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