- The Washington Times - Friday, February 15, 2002

Seen and heard last night at Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif.:
EARLY RISERS When the Wizards used to hit the road there was very little interaction between the players other than at practices and shootarounds. But Michael Jordan has changed all of that. Now when the Wizards are on the road, Jordan and a group of about five or six players usually find time to hit a local gym to get in some weight work.
Coach Doug Collins terms it the breakfast club. Yesterday he noticed that Richard Hamilton, not exactly a card-carrying member of the club, joined the Wizards in their trip to a downtown gym. Apparently, the physical beating he took against the Lakers and Kobe Bryant has persuaded Hamilton that he needs to bulk up.
"As a coach, it really gives you a good feeling that you've got a team that enjoys being around each other, and that's one the keys I think as to why we've been able to win some games this year," Hamilton said.
Collins said Jordan gets a particular kick from taking the lead. "Michael really enjoys the mentor aspect of it," Collins said. "That's been a part of his regimen for a long time."
CWEBB SILENT Chris Webber, incensed with the local media about an article that appeared in the Sacramento Bee concerning his relationship with supermodel Tyra Banks, is still not talking to the local media.
John N. Mitchell



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