- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 5, 2002

Seen and heard yesterday at MCI Center:

THAT WAS ODD Right before Michael Jordan sank the two free throws that gave him 30,000 points for his career, Bulls forward Ron Artest, who was whistled for the foul, ran over to the edge of the scorers’ table, right next to the Wizards’ bench, and pounded the front of it, where they have the revolving advertisements, three times with his fist. Ironically, it was Artest who broke Jordan’s ribs over the summer.

NOT WATCHING KWAME Chicago center Eddie Curry was perhaps even more highly touted than Kwame Brown as a high school senior from suburban Chicago. And even though Curry, one of two high schoolers on the Bulls roster, received more attention (some ridiculous publications touted him as the next Shaquille O’Neal), Brown wound up being the top pick.

That doesn’t bother Curry, averaging 3.9 points and 2.3 rebounds, in the least.

“I’m not disappointed,” Curry said. “I’m in a great situation. I’m near home. I’m on a team that’s developing and we’re trying to make a mark on the league right now.”

That they are doing. After last night’s game the Bulls are 0-17 on the road, and their 6-25 record is the league’s worst.

So, does he keep an eye on Brown, who is mostly nailed to the Washington bench and averaging 3.5 points and 3.1 rebounds.?

“Not really,” Curry said. “It’s pretty hard to focus on anyone but my own teammates.”

SAVVY VET Leave it to 16-year veteran Charles Oakley to know just what the media want. As about five reporters approached Curry in the locker room before the game, Oakley said, “Go ahead, man. They want to talk to you about Kwame Brown.”

He was right.

John N. Mitchell

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