- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 8, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
SO WHY IS LAETTNER STARTING?: For Wizards coach Doug Collins, it's simple. Christian Laettner made his fifth start of the season at power forward, the position formerly held down by second-year player Kwame Brown. Brown hasn't been too pleased about going to the bench, but Collins said the decision was relatively simple.
"Christian has been playing great for us," Collins said. "Against Detroit, we wouldn't have won the game without him. Christian makes us a different team because he is so smart, he's got experience and he can shoot the ball. So when you have Michael [Jordan] and Jerry [Stackhouse] on the floor, if they're helping off of those guys, Christian can make those shots."
Recently there has been some grumbling in the locker room concerning playing time. When the subject was broached with Collins before the game, he said that ultimately one thing and one thing only will determine playing time.
"There comes a time when every minute you get on the court is earned," Collins said.
UGLIEST SHOES IN THE LEAGUE: There are a lot of ugly sneakers in the NBA, but New York's Latrell Sprewell had perhaps the ugliest pair of all.
Sprewell's sneakers were white high tops with a hideous metallic orange trim. The orange actually reflected the image of anything that went past them. They were ugly on the level of the all-green sneakers Boston's Paul Pierce wore at last year's All-Star Game.
John N. Mitchell

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