- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

ALMOST HOME The initial results of tests on Kwame Brown to determine problems with his blood carrying oxygen to his lungs have cleared him of any major concerns.
The Wizards were worried Brown was growing weary too quickly in games, and as a result they sent him to see a pulmonary specialist Monday. They are still waiting for the results of one test, but their concerns have been alleviated.
"This is not something that's serious," Wizards coach Doug Collins said. "Our doctors want to be able to say there is nothing wrong, and you can go out there and run as hard as you want and nothing will go wrong. They don't see this in any way being a problem."
UH-OH The Wizards are saying it could be at least 10 more days before Richard Hamilton's partially torn right groin is healed. The team had hoped he would be back by Saturday.
Although they aren't saying much, the Wizards have expressed some concern that this is a recurring injury that could become a problem. Hamilton suffered a similar injury in his freshman season at Connecticut that eventually developed calcium deposits. Look for the Wizards to be cautious with Hamilton's recovery.
"Rip is a while away," Collins allowed. "I think he's still 10 days away. His game is so much predicated on speed, and right now he just doesn't have it. We're looking at the long term. I don't want him to have something that is going to be nagging him for a long time. He is one of the cornerstones of our franchise."
John N. Mitchell


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