- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 22, 2002

Seen and heard last night at Target Center in Minneapolis:

DON'T LOOK FOR COURTNEY The Courtney Alexander saga continues to take turns in the wrong direction.

Placed on the injured list with a sprained ankle on Jan. 12, Alexander will be eligible to come off the injured list for Thursday's game against Cleveland. However, that's not even close to happening.

"Courtney's just got to work harder," coach Doug Collins said. "When you miss as much time as he does you've got to run extra sprints, you gotta work harder. He couldn't play five minutes for us right now. He's got to get up on a game day like today and run, come before the game and work out again.

"I told him today, 'We need ya.' We're banged up. He can put the ball in the basket and give us a lot of energy. But you've got to be in condition and ready to do that. Right now he's not ready to do that."

Alexander has appeared in a team-low 16 games this season.

BOO, HISS When the team worked out in Chicago on Saturday, Wizards forward Christian Laettner promised a group of reporters that he would be booed every time he touched the basketball.

He was right. Every time the Timberwolves' 1992 first-round pick touched the basketball he was booed.

This really comes as no surprise to Laettner, though. He was booed this summer at training camp when the team scrimmaged in Wilmington, N.C. And every time he returns to most of the cities he's played in professionally, he gets booed.

John N. Mitchell

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