- The Washington Times - Friday, February 22, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

SCOTT ON COLLINS Nets coach Byron Scott played one season at Arizona State while Doug Collins was an assistant there. The two, both of whom have been talked about as potential coach of the year candidates, remain close to this day.

"He is somebody I looked up to, somebody I can learn from," Scott said of Collins. "He had a terrific career as a basketball player as a pro, and he really helped me as a player when I was at Arizona State. We've had a great relationship ever since. He's one of those guys that I know that I can call at any given time and talk to him about the game of basketball and the game of life.

"He's just one of those guys that I'll always admire. He's like a father figure to me. He's one of the four guys Pat Riley, Larry Brown and Rick Adelman are the others that I truly, truly aspire to be like. He's one of those guys that I truly love."

Scott played for Riley and was an assistant to both Brown and Adelman.

FAD FLAMES OUT The Wizards all wore high socks in Wednesday night's loss at Detroit and abandoned that concept against the Nets.

YOUTH IS SERVED The game between the Wizards and the Nets featured eight rookies.

John N. Mitchell

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