Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
I LIKE IT, I LIKE IT Washington Wizards coach Doug Collins was a teammate of Julius Erving’s when the Doctor was starring in Philadelphia, site of the All-Star Game this weekend.
Recently, Philadelphia guard Allen Iverson talked about possibly paying tribute to Erving by wearing his retired No. 6 jersey in the game. Collins, who teamed with Erving to form one of the best alley-oop combinations in league history, has no problem with Iverson putting on the Doc’s uni.
“It’s great,” Collins said. “It’s Allen Iverson saying, ‘I want to honor Julius Erving.’ Some of these guys get bad raps, but they’ve got good hearts. Allen Iverson’s got a great heart, but he’s also a vicious competitor. He’s saying, ‘Doc, I’d like to honor you by wearing your uniform.’ I think that’s great.”
MAYBE DAVIS With one game remaining before the All-Star Game, chances are that Christian Laettner, on the injured list with a deep thigh bruise, won’t play until after the break. However, Hubert Davis, who missed his fourth consecutive game with the flu, could be back in time for tomorrow’s game against former Washington star Chris Webber and the Sacramento Kings.
EXTENDING A STREAK The Raptors extended their league-leading streak of games with a 3-pointer to 251 when Vince Carter canned one with 6:45 left in the first quarter. Just in case you’re wondering, the Heat hold the all-time record of 594. That streak ended Nov. 10 against Sacramento.
John N. Mitchell