- The Washington Times - Monday, February 25, 2002

Seen and heard last night at American Airlines Arena in Miami:
JONES SITS OUT Starting power forward Popeye Jones sat out the game because of a sore elbow. Jones suffered the injury late in Saturday's loss to the Heat. It was the second game Jones has missed this season.
Jones was expected to play, but when he showed up before the game his elbow was too swollen. Jones, who was replaced by Christian Laettner in the starting lineup, likely will be available when the team faces Portland on Wednesday.
STRICKLAND RIPS UNSELD Former Wizards guard Rod Strickland, never known as the biggest Wes Unseld fan, took some shots at the Wizards' general manager in the Palm Beach Post.
"To be bluntly honest," Strickland told the Post, "I couldn't stand Wes Unseld. Me and Wes were doomed from the beginning. Wes is pretty much old school, so he feels like all the players are kind of spoiled. He never felt [the Wizards] should go out of their way to accommodate or even help the players out. He was like, 'You're on your own.'
"I can't put it all on Wes and the Wizards, because I put myself in some situations that kind of helped to turn the relationship even more sour. So I'm not sitting here blaming it all on him, but it was pretty much doomed from the beginning."
"Go and look every place Rod has been and see if the same comments don't come up," Unseld said yesterday. "Check with New York, Portland and San Antonio. Ask them if these remarks don't sound familiar. I'm not going to discuss anything that went on. He can say anything about any issue. He's entitled to his own opinion."
John N. Mitchell

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